The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) today will conduct its previously announced plans to conduct a prescribed burn on State Game Land 176, Scotia Barrens, in Centre County. Crews plan to begin the prescribed burn at 11AM.
Safety protocols preclude anyone other than trained fire professionals from being on site during the burn. Optimal weather conditions will be chosen for smoke dispersal, but during these controlled burns nearby residents will see and smell smoke.
The majority of the smoke disappears by the end of the first day, but a small amount of smoke will be generated by slow burning trees inside the units for up to three days. The PGC emphasizes that the public must remain out of the burn areas while there is still smoke being generated and on any windy days.
[PGC prepares for controlled burns on SGL 176]
Originally outlined in public meetings and briefings with news media in the area in March of 2009, the Game Commission’s use of prescribed fire in 2010 has already reduced the risk of a wildfire to surrounding developed communities and improved habitat for unique Barrens plants and animals.
The lack of optimal weather conditions in 2011 prevented any burns from being conducted. This year, the Game Commission has scheduled using prescribed fire on four different burn units totaling 630 acres when weather conditions are appropriate between March 1 and May 11, 2012.
Source: Jerry Feaser of the PGC
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