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Forest Service plans 20,000-acre burn in Cherokee Forest

March 4th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to the Greeneville Sun the U.S. Forest Service has announced that this month it plans to burn approximately 20,000 acres throughout the 650,000-acre Cherokee National Forest.

The announcement said the Forest Service will use a technique called "prescribed fire" to carry out the annual undergrowth clearing operation.

Marty Bentley, assistant fire management officer for the Cherokee National Forest said, "At any point during a prescribed burn a decision can be made to stop burning if conditions are not right. Weather conditions (current and predicted) are carefully monitored before and during the burn."

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