ELKINS, W.Va. — Managers on the Monongahela National Forest have announced plans for a prescribed burn on the forest in Greenbrier county for Saturday.

The plan is to burn about 96 acres in the Brushy Mountain/Buskirk Grouse Management Area east of Mapledale.

The controlled burn is to help improve and enhance wildlife habitat, particularly for grouse, wild turkey, and the Appalachian grizzled skipper. Officials said it’s the only known population of the skipper in West Virginia.

The activity will be weather dependent and a decision will be made on the day of the burn if conditions are favorable. The area where they fire is happening will be closed to the public for several days and signs will be posted alerting about the burn on nearby roads. Residents and visitors will likely see and smell smoke for several days.

Prescribed fires are conducted under specific weather conditions and designed to accomplish pre-determined forest management goals. Monongahela National Forest follows strict guidelines for conducting prescribed burns, and takes into consideration environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind. If any environmental conditions are not within limits, the burns will be postponed.