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Prescribed burn planned in NC's Pisgah National Forest to cut frequency, threat of wildfires


MARS HILL, North Carolina — The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn on 450 acres in the Pisgah National Forest to reduce the possibility of wildfire.

The Forest Service says the controlled fires will take place beginning Sunday in the Appalachian Ranger District, about 25 miles northwest of Asheville. The burn is meant to reduce the amount of dead grasses and woody debris on the forest floor.

That should reduce the frequency of wildfires and the risks to nearby communities.

No roads or trails will be closed during the prescribed burn. Visitors should be aware that smoke and fire trucks will be in the area.

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