Fire In Ohio’s Only National Forest Contained
updated 1:54 p.m. ET, Thurs., March. 12, 2009
IRONTON, Ohio—Authorities in Ohio’s only national forest say they have contained a fire that had spread over about 200 acres.
About 35 firefighters were still at the site Thursday, and some will probably stay through the weekend to watch for hot spots.
The fire began late Tuesday in Wayne National Forest near Ironton in southern Ohio. Forest spokesman Gary Chancey says it was in an isolated area that once was used for coal mining activities.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Chancey says the fire stayed near the ground, destroying mostly grass, brush and debris. There was minimal damage to trees.
Wayne National Forest covers nearly 240,000 acres across 12 southern and southeast Ohio counties.
Wayne National Forest ● Public Affairs Office ● 13700 US HWY 33
For Immediate Release
100% Containment for Brady Run Fire
Pedro, Ohio (March 12, 2009) – Wayne National Forest firefighters are saying the Brady Run Fire is now 100% contained. Firefighters are now conducting mop up operations and expect to be on the fire for the next few days taking care of hot spots on the Forest floor.
The fire is located on the Wayne National Forest near the Lawrence & Scioto County line between county road 40 and Telegraph Ridge Road, two miles west of state route 93. The Forest Service encourages the public to stay away from the burn area until it's 100% controlled. The fire is under investigation by U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Investigators.
An aerial flight flown yesterday by a U.S. Forest Service contracted helicopter estimates the fire to be at almost 200-acres in size.
Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state's outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris. Ohio law states that outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April, and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground before small, grassy fuels green up with moisture.