~ Press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service
Location: The 40-acre Moody field burn located along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and one-half miles west of the town of Rileyville and 8 miles north of Luray. The 309-acre Indian Grave and 86-acre Seakford Fields burn units are located about 8 miles north of Luray.
Date and Time: The Forest Service began ignitions on Monday March 27. The ignition-phase was concluded in one day; however, residents and forest visitors may see and smell smoke from this prescribed burn for several days.
Objective: Prescribed burns help to reduce hazardous fuels, restore wildlife habitat, and improve overall forest health. Prescribed burns also create areas where a diverse mix of grasses, plants, and wildflowers grow which provides valuable food and cover for wildlife such as bears, deer, turkeys, and migratory birds.
Additional Information: Smoke may be visible along Route 340 along the Shenandoah River, State Route 717, and Route 340 during burn operations.
For more information on our prescribed burn program, please contact the Lee Ranger District at (540) 984-4101, visit the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.