Fort Indiantown Gap to Conduct Large Prescribed Burn

Mar 02, 2011, 13:58 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Forestry Department will conduct a 2,500-acre prescribed burn in the training corridor at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, from approximately noon - 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.

A prescribed burn is a forestry management technique used to reduce the amount of combustible material naturally existing in the wilderness. The practice is conducted when conditions such as humidity, wind and temperature are ideal for managing fires. Prescribed burns are not conducted unless all required weather conditions are met.

"Prescribed burns help reduce the potential of major wildfires on Fort Indiantown Gap property," said Shannon Henry, DMVA Forest Program Manager. "More than 100 prescribed burns have occurred at Fort Indiantown Gap in the past decade and they are always conducted by properly trained personnel with an approved plan and coordinated with the appropriate authorities."

Prescribed burns will be conducted on approximately 5,000 acres at Fort Indiantown Gap through May 2011.  

Fort Indiantown Gap 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 19,000 Pennsylvania National Guard personnel and more than 130,000 other states' Guard, military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel each year. It is the only live-fire, maneuver military training facility in Pennsylvania.

For more information visit the DMVA website at

Media contact: Maj. Cory Angell, 717-861-8829

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs