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Press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

ASHEVILLE – The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina plans to conduct prescribed burns in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests later this month and into November if weather conditions are favorable.

The agency will conduct burns on approximately 4,000 acres in the two national forests.

Prescribed burns reduce woody debris and hazardous fuels that could contribute to high-severity fires. These burns also produce healthier, more diverse and more resilient forests, according to the agency. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read a blog about prescribed burning and the Grandfather Restoration Project.

The safety of the public and of Forest Service personnel are top priority when prescribed burns are performed.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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