Fire Partnership plans controlled burn in West Tisbury Saturday

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 will conduct a controlled burn on Saturday, April 6, at The Nature Conservancy’s Hoft Farm in West Tisbury.

The odor of smoke may be temporarily noticeable in the vicinity of State Road and Old County Road in West Tisbury, TNC said

“A 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 crew members and residents,” Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership officials said.

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