The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn during the week of March 29th on 450 acres of the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.
The prescribed burn will take place off of Max Patch Road in Madison County approximately 25 miles northwest of Asheville.
The prescribed burn will reduce the amount of dead grasses and woody debris on the forest floor reducing the frequency and impacts of wildfire thereby reducing risks to nearby communities. The burn will also improve habitat for fire-adapted botanical species and provide vegetation management to keep the Max Patch bald an open scenic area.
Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.
No roads or trails will be closed during the prescribed burn, but visitors to the Pisgah National Forest should be aware of smoke and fire engines in the area.
The National Weather Service will be available for forecast updates.