FRANKLIN, N.C., March 11, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn today on about 190 acres the Nantahala Ranger District in the Nantahala National Forest.
The prescribed burn will take place in the Slip Off area of Swain County.
The prescribed burns 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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