Controlled Burns

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In an effort to reduce the threat of wildfires in Alabama's four national forests. The U-S Forest Service has announced plans to conduct a series of controlled burns on more than 84-thousand acres during the next three months at the Bankhead, Talladega, Tuskegee and Conecuh national forests.

Federal foresters said specially-trained crews will only set the fires when weather conditions permit. The agency wants residents to be aware of the hazards of smoke from the burns.

The so-called prescribed burns are designed in part to eliminate underbrush that can feed a wildfire. The practice also improves wildlife habitat.

In 2004, the Forest Service treated more than 79-thousand acres. As a result, wildfires burned about 918 acres in Alabama.