The U.S. Forest Service is planning 16 prescribed burns on the Nantahala Ranger District in the coming months to reduce the risk of wildfires. The low- to medium-intensity burns also create healthier, more diverse, and more resilient forests that can better support wildlife.
BURNING LOCATIONS INCLUDE:
LOCUST GAP NEAR WORRIE HUT WITH 255 ACRES TO BE BURNED.
BIG GREEN NEAR PANTHER TOWN WITH 497 ACRES TO BE BURNED.
AWL KNOB, SUGAR CREEK AND RICH MOUNTAIN ALL NEAR LITTLE CANADA WITH OVER 2000 ACRES TO BE BURNED.
The dates for the burns and the actual number of units burned will depend upon weather conditions. Burning days are changeable because the proper conditions are needed; wind and relative humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety, and smoke control.
For more information contact the Nantahala Ranger District at 828-524-6441.