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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Forest Service plans controlled burns in Botetourt this Spring

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Controlled burns help 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, as well contributes to the overall forest health. Safety is the Forest Service’s top priority, and Forest Service fire managers will conduct controlled burns in the following areas only under appropriate weather conditions:

  • The 2,553-acre Price Mountain prescribed burn area is located on and around Price Mountain. The controlled burn will take place between Price Mountain and Patterson Creek Road. We expect smoke to be visible from multiple locations in Botetourt and Roanoke counties. Depending on wind direction, residents in Eagle Rock and Glen Wilton may smell smoke.
  • The 428-acre Caldwell Mountain prescribed burn area is located on the southeast facing slope of Broad Run Mountain and lies on the Craig and Botetourt County line. Smoke may be visible to the residents of Daleville, Troutville, Fincastle, Roanoke, Catawba and New Castle. Smoke may also be visible to those traveling along U.S. Route 220 and Interstate 81. Depending on wind direction residents in the Catawba Creek Valley located near the town of Fincastle may smell smoke. 

For the most up-to-date information visit the inciweb site: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7945/

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