Prescribed burn at Katama Airfield

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There was a prescribed burn at Katama Airfield on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 am to 4 pm, according to the Town of Edgartown. The prescribed burn was conducted by the Nature Conservancy, along with skilled crews from the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Mass DCR Fire Control, and DCR State Parks, Edgartown Conservation Commission, Edgartown Fire Department, Chilmark Fire Department, Mass Army National Guard, and the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank.

Prescribed burns are done with the goal to reduce woody vegetation cover, create conditions that maintain native plant and animal species that rely on the grasslands, alter soil conditions and microclimate, and reduce fire risk to the public.

The town’s press release advised Islanders not to “be alarmed by smoke, and only report flames seen outside the burn area.”