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The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 132 acres of State Game Land 169 in Upper Mifflin Township, Cumberland County.  Based on weather conditions and moisture in the ground and vegetation, the Burn Boss has given the go-ahead for this burn to be conducted on Thursday, April 21st.  The objective of this burn is to reduce the encroaching invasive species such as honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, and multi-flora rose, reduce leaf duff, and other undesirable plants in the understory.

Originally scheduled for April 6th, the burn was postponed until Thursday due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Prior to the controlled burn, the Burn Boss will conduct a ‘test burn’ to check the fire behavior and smoke dispersion patterns for the day.

During the prescribed burn, access to the site will be restricted and only people directly associated with the burn will be allowed access at or near the site.  Trained staff will be on hand with numerous pieces of fire equipment and water resources.  All necessary local fire and emergency personnel will be notified in advance.  As a result of the burn, the public may expect to see smoke on Thursday between approximately 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

For more information about a prescribed burn, please go to the Pennsylvania Prescribed Fire Council website at: www.paprescribedfire.org.  For more information about wildlife and habitat management, please visit the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.