Prescribed Burn Planned for Archbald Mountain

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be conducted a prescribed burn on approximately 64 acres of land on Gamelands 300, which is located on the Archbald Mountain, Jefferson Township, on Thursday, August 20.

Prescribed fires help reduce the catastrophic damage of wildfire on our lands and surrounding communities by:

  • Safely reducing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs and trees
  • Encouraging the new growth of native vegetation
  • Maintaining the many plant and animal species whose habitats depend on periodic fire

Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools we have in preventing wildfires and managing the intensity and spread of wildfires. However, a prescribed fire is still fire, thus fire-management experts are extremely careful in planning and executing one. These specialists know what the optimal conditions and timing are to conduct prescribed fires based on years of training and experience. The weather conditions, topography, fuel types and equipment all determine how a prescribed fire is conducted.