The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced it is teaming up with state and local officials and other federal agencies to begin springtime prescribed burning on public lands.
The 2013 prescribed burn management program began this month and will continue through May.
Burns are planned for Rhea, Hamilton, Franklin and Coffee counties in Tennessee.
“Prescribed burning is a recognized natural resource management tool,” Bruch Schofield, vice president of TVA Property & Natural Resources, said in the release. “These controlled burns can help maintain and establish wildlife habitat and they can reduce thatch and leaves that help fuel wildfires.”
Two more prescribed burns will be conducted in DeKalb and Jackson counties in Alabama in the Little River Canyon National Preserve, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
The burns will take place sometime between March 21 and April 26, depending on weather conditions.
The first burn unit, Kral’s Burn Unit, is located on the south side of Highway 35, directly across from the Canyon Center. This unit includes Rim Road and Beaver Pond Trail and will be closed the day of and possibly the day after the burn.
The second burn unit, Slant Rock Burn Unit, is located on the north side of Highway 35 and west of County Road 103. The Slant Rock campsite and back-country roads 01, 02 and 04 will be closed the day of and possibly the day after the burn.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s Wild Land Fires Module will be assisting park staff with the burns.