Crews conduct controlled burns in Cades Cove

6:38 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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Fire management crews are conducting controlled burns in Cades Cove over this week.

These controlled burns will happen in orange areas on the Cades Cove Loop map.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park conducted controlled burns last year. The burns are designed as a cost-effective way to keep fields open and clear.

Park officials said the burns help control overgrowth, but also promote cultivation of warm season grasses, which provide foraging opportunities for wildlife.

Crew will be working until Friday and plan to burn 570 acres in total.

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