Game Commission Prepares For Controlled Burns
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is planning on conducting controlled burns on several local state game lands within the region. Weather permitting, Game Land 65 in Fulton County, Game Land 48 in Bedford County, Game Land 99 in Huntingdon County, and Game Land 107 in Juniata are slated for this management technique from late August through mid-October. Prescribed fire, or controlled burning, is done to improve habitat conditions for wildlife. The burning eliminates undesirable vegetation, and also reduces fuel loads. The ash then acts as a natural fertilizer and enhances regrowth of more beneficial plants.
Residents may see smoke as the burns are being conducted, but trained Game Commission personnel will be manning the fires and contingency plans have been established to see that they do not get out of control. An enormous amount of pre-planning is done to ensure the safety of crews and surrounding areas, and so the fire is conducted when weather conditions favor smoke dispersal, thus reducing smoke-related problems.