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Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn for 500 Acres West of Jarman Gap
Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 500 acres Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2, weather permitting. The area is in the park's south district, west of Jarman Gap and northeast of Waynesboro, Virginia.
A prescribed fire is a planned fire. A prescription is a set of conditions that considers the safety of the public and fire staff, weather, and the probability of meeting the burn objectives. It is also sometimes called a, "controlled burn."
The Jarman Gap Prescribed Burn aims to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of a major wildfire. The burn will also help oak and pine communities. The forest of chestnut oak, pitch, Virginia and table mountain pines provides valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife. The fire will help to promote oak and pine regeneration, additional animal food sources and increased plant diversity.
The fire will mimic natural processes as much as possible. It will be lit in such a way that the fire will move fairly slowly down the ridges with low flames. There will be smoke. Some individual trees will burn, but the fire will travel mostly across the forest floor.
During the burn, one trail will be closed to the public, Gasline Road.