Forest Service to conduct prescribed burn for the Patterson Mountain area in Botetourt County tomorrow

Contact(s): Beth Christensen, 540-552-4641

Location:  This 1,565-acre burn will take place in the Patterson Mountain area located northeast of Marshalltown, Va. and north of Patterson Creek Road. 

Date and Time:  The Forest Service plans to begin ignitions on April 13, 2021, if weather conditions are appropriate.  This prescribed burn will be completed over one to two days.  Firefighters will continue to monitor the area for several days after the burn.    

Objectives:  Prescribed burns keep the public and homes safe by reducing the buildup of dried leaves and wood in nearby forest land that can lead to uncontrolled wildfires. They also create a mosaic of different aged trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat.  

Smoke:  Depending on wind direction, residents and travelers around the town of Fincastle and along Interstate 81 may smell and see smoke. 

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