Prescribed burning is a standard forest management tool for endangered species habitat restoration, undergrowth vegetation reduction and providing for community safety, according to the forest service. It also improves access and visual landscape aesthetics and provides interdepartmental training between state and local emergency response resources.
Prescribed burning is common practice at W.G. Jones State Forest, with burnings occurring at least once in 2018 and 2019.
The map below shows where the burning is planned.