Partnership plans prescribed burn in Edgartown Tuesday

Prescribed burns such as this past burn in West Tisbury are not unusual in the fall. — File photo by Lynn Christoffers

The Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership conducted a controlled burn on Tuesday, November 8 at Pocketapaces, east of Pohoganot Road in Edgartown.

On Tuesday afternoon, the odor of smoke may be temporarily noticeable in Edgartown, and smoke may be visible above the south coast and in the vicinity of Edgartown-West Tisbury Road near the Vineyard Golf Club, according to a press release issued prior to the burn.

The Partnership said, “A trained and experienced fire team would closely monitor local weather conditions, such as wind and humidity, and make adjustments in the schedule as needed to ensure the safety of both crew members and residents.

“Controlled burns are used to increase the safety of communities by reducing the amount of fuel for fires. They are carefully managed by fire teams, consisting of forest, fire, and weather experts, who decide when and where burns can safely take place. These burns help restore the health of our natural areas, allowing plants and wildlife to rejuvenate.”

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.