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Clemmons plans prescribed burns

Visitors to Clemmons Educational State Forest might notice smoke in February and March. Contributed photo

CLAYTON — The N.C. Forest Service plans to conduct prescribed burns in Clemmons Educational State Forest in February and March. These operations will take place as weather and conditions permit.

A prescribed burn is the planned use of fire under strict, predetermined weather and fuel parameters to obtain specific forest-management goals, the Forest Service said in a news release. This tool remains one of the most efficient and cost-effective management practices, helping North Carolina forests remain healthy and thrive, the agency said.

The goals of the upcoming burns are to improve wildlife habitat and the overall health of the forest while reducing vegetative fuels.

Visitors to the forest might see and smell smoke during and after prescribed burn operations. While the forest will remain open to the public during the burns, forest areas and trails near the burn areas might be closed.

For more information about closures, call the Clemmons office at 919-553-5651.

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