Prescribed burn planned for Thursday in Blacksburg’s Brush Mountain area

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The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service are set to conduct a prescribed burn in Blacksburg's Brush Mountain area on Thursday, Nov. 19. (Photo: Courtesy Montgomery County Emergency Services)

The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service are set to conduct a prescribed burn in Blacksburg’s Brush Mountain area on Thursday, Nov. 19. (Photo: Courtesy Montgomery County Emergency Services)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Montgomery County officials are notifying residents of a prescribed burn planned for Thursday that may result in some heavy smoke in a certain part of Blacksburg.

According to Montgomery County Emergency Services, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the Brush Mountain area of Blacksburg on Thursday, Nov. 19.

The burn will reportedly run along the border of the Jefferson National Forest and the Preston Forest neighborhood.

Even though officials say the smoke may be heavy at times and may travel a significant distance, it should dissipate by Thursday evening.

“A prescribed fire is a planned fire used to manage forested areas. A scientific ‘prescription’ is created for every prescribed burn to account for the safety of the public and fire staff, weather, and probability of meeting the burn objectives,” Montgomery County Emergency Services wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “In this case, prescribed fire is being used to reduce dangerous fire fuel loads in the area mitigate potential impacts of future fires. Prescribed fires can also be used to improve forest health, create habitat for specific animal or plant species.”

For more information about prescribed fires, follow this link for the National Park Service.

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