The Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership conducted a controlled burn last Wednesday at the Long Point Reservation in West Tisbury that sent a plume of smoke into the sky.
Controlled burns increase the safety of communities by reducing the amount of fuel for fires. These burns also help restore the health of our natural areas, allowing plants and wildlife to rejuvenate, according to the Partnership.
Over the last four years, the Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership has used controlled burning on an average of 100 acres per year on the Vineyard, and this year has exceeded the average, according to a press release.
The members of the Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership include Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, Polly Hill Arboretum, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, and The Trustees of Reservations.