ROBBINSVILLE, N.C., March 7, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service is planning to conduct prescribed burns on Saturday and Sunday (March 8 and 9) on a total of about 1250 acres of the Cheoah Ranger District in the Nantahala National Forest. The prescribed burns will take place in the Yellow Creek area in Graham County. The prescribed burns will reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor, preventing catastrophic wildfire and reducing risks to nearby communities. Prescribed burning also helps improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. Click here to learn more about restoring fire to the mountains.