Thursday, December 19, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-12-19 09:18:01)

Source: The Blowing Rocket

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn Thursday, Dec. 19, in northern Caldwell County on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.

The Forest Service will conduct the 200-acre burn in the Thunderhole Creek area to reduce hazardous fuels and help protect local communities from catastrophic wildfire.

Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. Smoke may be visible in Caldwell, Avery, and Watauga counties, including the towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, Linville, Foscoe and Collettsville. Drivers should use caution when traveling in these areas, as there may be smoke and firefighters on the roads. The Forest Service will conduct modeling to ensure appropriate weather conditions and reduce the effects of smoke, USFS officials said.

The following partners are assisting with the project: North Carolina Forest Service; Blue Ridge Parkway; Blowing Rock Fire Department; The Nature Conservancy; and Collettsville Volunteer Fire Department.

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