The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct prescribed burns today and Tuesday (March 10 and 11) on a total of about 3200 acres of the Tusquitee Ranger District in the Nantahala National Forest.
The prescribed burns will take place in the Shuler Creek area of Cherokee 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.
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