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  • Prescribed Burn on Grandfather RD planned for 3/20

    The U.S. Forest Service is planning a 197-acre prescribed burn in northern Caldwell County on the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest today, March 20.

    Thunderhole Road (FSR 4071) will be closed starting on the morning of the burn and is expected to reopen the next day. Be aware of the potential for firefighter traffic near the area. The safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.

    The objective of the Boyd Gap burn is to reduce fuels to prevent catastrophic wildfire in communities near the national forest. The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Forest Service, and Blowing Rock Volunteer Fire Department are assisting in burn operations.

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