Fort Indiantown Gap begins spring prescribed burn season for wildfire prevention

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FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Fort Indiantown Gap will conduct prescribed burns on 2,500 acres starting today. The burns are aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire.

The burns will continue through May 20 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. as conditions permit. Local residents may notice smoke originating from or in the vicinity of installation when burns are being conducted.

Announcements of when burns are being conducted are posted the day of to the Fort Indiantown Gap Facebook page.

A prescribed burn is a commonly used forestry management technique that reduces the amount of combustible material naturally existing in the wilderness. It is performed only when conditions such as humidity, wind and temperature are ideal for managing fires. Prescribed burns are not conducted unless all required conditions are met.

Fort Indiantown Gap is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania. It serves as headquarters to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Pennsylvania National Guard, offers more than 17,000 acres and 140 training areas and facilities for year-round training. It balances one of the region’s most ecologically diverse areas with a military mission that annually supports 20,000 Pennsylvania National Guard personnel and more than 120,000 additional personnel from other branches of service, interagency partners at the federal, state and local level and multinational partners.

For more information visit the Fort Indiantown Gap website at www.ftig.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ftindiantowngap.

Individuals may also call the installation’s community information line at 717-861-2007 to hear a recorded message with dates and times of community activities and training events.

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