Forest Service to conduct prescribed burn in Alleghany County on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Release Date: Feb 20, 2024

map of burn areaLocation:  The 100-acre Coles Point and 511-acre Morris Hill units are located near Covington in Alleghany County, VA.

Date and Time:  The Forest Service plans to begin ignitions on February 20, 2024, if weather conditions are appropriate. Residents and forest visitors may see and smell smoke from this prescribed burn for a few days.

Closures: Morris Hill and Coles Point Recreation Area will be temporarily closed.

Smoke: Smoke will be visible around Lake Moomaw and in the surrounding communities.

Objectives:  This burn will help reduce the risk of uncontrolled wildfires by reducing the buildup of dried leaves and wood in nearby forest land.

For more information on our prescribed burn program, please contact the James River and Warm Springs Ranger District at 540-839-2521, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.