Fire Partnership plans prescribed burn in Edgartown Sunday

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

The Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership announced it would conduct a controlled burn on Sunday, April 29 at The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s Pocketapaces property in Edgartown, located west of Edgartown Great Pond.

The Partnership said the odor of smoke may be temporarily noticeable around Edgartown Great Pond and Katama.

“Our trained and experienced fire team will closely monitor local weather conditions, such as wind and humidity, and make adjustments in the schedule as needed to ensure the safety of both crewmembers and residents,” the Partnership said in a press release issued Saturday.

“Controlled burns are used to increase the safety of communities by reducing the amount of fuel for wildfires. 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.