Wayne National Forest fire now fully contained

Published 10:05 am Thursday, March 12, 2009

PEDRO — Wayne National Forest firefighters reported that the Brady Run Fire is 100 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Firefighters are now conducting mop up operations and expect to be on the fire for the next few days taking care of hot spots on the forest floor.

The fire is on the Wayne National Forest near the Lawrence and Scioto County line between County Road 40 and Telegraph Ridge Road, two miles west of State Route 93.

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An aerial flight flown yesterday by a U.S. Forest Service contracted helicopter estimates the fire to be at almost 200-acres in size.

Firefighters are being careful as they are coping with unstable ground due to past coal mining activities in the area.

The Forest Service encourages the public to stay away from the burn area.

Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris. Ohio law states that outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April, and May.

Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground before small, grassy fuels green up with moisture.

Meanwhile, the Wayne National Forest is calling the 650 Fire, also located in Lawrence County as being 100 percent contained at 75-acres.

The Deep Cut Fire is also 100 percent contained and was turned over to the state of Ohio’s Division of Forestry this morning.

Further fire updates will be issued as needed.