Prescribed burns planned for Raystown Lake

Published April 22, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pennsylvania Game Commission plan to implement prescribed fire management at Raystown Lake within the Apr. 23-26 timeframe.

The primary burn unit, known as Backbone Knob, is a 342 acre forested burn that contains several different types of forest, limited public access and close proximity to water, all of which provide a unique opportunity to utilize prescribed fire as a primary management tool. The area also has access to an existing road located along its northwest side which can be used as a firebreak.

Other smaller warm season grass units between Aitch and Weller Road may also be burned during the spring fire season depending on weather conditions and staff workload.

These prescribed fires are scheduled as part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Corps’ land management objectives. Prescribed fire is an important management tool for fuel load reduction, control of invasive species, increase of herbaceous growth, promotion of fire dependent species (i.e. oak and hard pine species) and grassland management.

For more information, visit our Natural Resource Management website or call 814-658-6807.

Glenn Werner

Release no. 19-005