Fire Partnership conducted Sunday burn in Katama

In this file photo, a member of a fire crew tends the flames at a field in Katama during an earlier controlled burn. — Photo courtesy of Bob Bale

The Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership conducted controlled burns on Sunday, March 20 at Katama Airport and another sandplain parcel owned by the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife adjacent to Katama Airport, across Herring Creek Road.

Bob Bale, Nature Conservancy fire manager, said the Partnership treated 46 acres on Sunday. “The work benefits wildlife and public safety,” Mr. Bale said in an email to TheTimes.

Member organizations 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.

Controlled burns are used to reduce the amount of fuel for fires and help restore the health of natural areas by allowing plants and wildlife to rejuvenate, fire officials said.

“The mission of the Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership is to collaboratively apply safe and effective ecological fire management and promote public safety by sharing resources, exchanging information, and promoting public understanding of prescribed fire,” according to the press release.