Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Some time in the next few weeks, there will be fire in Mead Township with smoke probably heading into Pleasant Township and the City of Warren.
The Allegheny National Forest has four prescribed burns on its agenda for the spring.
One of those will be a 28-acre area near Zimmerman Hill Road in the northwest corner of Mead Township just south of Route 6 west of Glade Bridge.
"Due to its location, smoke from this prescribed burn may be visible to the City of Warren and Pleasant Township and may be visible to motorists traveling on State Route 6, 62, and 59, and Mohawk and Zimmerman Hill roads," ANF Executive Assistant Kathy Mohney said.
Exactly when the burn will take place is unknown. The timing will depend on wind and moisture conditions in the forest. ANF officials expect to be able to give no more than two days notice.
"The objective of these burns is to restore and maintain oak ecosystems, reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildland fire, and improve wildlife habitat," Mohney said.
Professional fire managers have been planning the burns since January.
They will prepare the area in advance, then light and manage the fire, making sure it burns up the intended material and does not spread beyond the prescribed area.
"Prescribed fires are conducted with careful planning and specific guidelines," Mohney said. "It is one of the most effective tools for restoring healthy ecosystems and meeting desired resource outcomes, while avoiding the environmental damage that can be caused through unplanned wildfire."
Questions about prescribed fire on the ANF may be directed to Fire Management Officer Peter To at 728-6199.