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Allegheny National Forest plans controlled burns

WARREN, Pa. – Two prescribed burns are planned for the Allegheny National Force, the first possibly on Sunday if weather conditions permit, officials announced Friday. Fire Management Officer Peter To said about 45 acres of the Buckaloons Recreation Area in southwest Warren will have tall grasses and smaller hardwood species burned with the goal of improving wildlife habitat and promoting new warm season grasses. The burns will be visible from State Routes 6 and 62 and caution should be used when driving in areas of visible smoke, rangers advised.

Ten acres of the Spring Creek area east of the Marienville Ranger District will be burned, also to improved wildlife habitat. Little or no smoke is expected to be visible from this burn.

To said both burns will take less than an hour to complete. He said no firm burn dates have been set yet because burning can only take place when the appropriate weather is forecast and the required personnel and equipment are available. He said once a burn begins, fire management crews will patrol the areas for as long as necessary to ensure public safety.