From: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Office (ORO) is initiating another series of controlled burns on the Oak Ridge Reservation for prescribed burning at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
On April 3, weather permitting, controlled burns will begin in the morning at the:
• Wheat Church Vista grassland off HWY 58, east of Blair Road, ETTP - approximately 7 acres
• BORCE, off Dyllis Orchard Road, west off of Blair Road, ETTP - a 10-acre patch of kudzu-infested pine woodland
• Grass fields south of Bethel Valley Road, east of ORNL - approximately 47 acres
If progress permits, an attempt to burn as many of the following areas on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Three Bend Area off Pump House and Bull Bluff Roads will be performed:
• On Solway Bend, up to 42 acres of grassland
• On Freels Bend, up to 100 acres of grassland
• On Gallaher Bend, up to 57 acres of kudzu-infested forest and grassland
These planned burns are part of the TWRA and ORNL's effort to provide wildlife habitat, encourage growth of native plants, and reduce the risk of wildfires. They are conducted and overseen by the State of Tennessee Division of Forestry with support from TWRA personnel who maintain fire control equipment, certified burn managers, and trained personnel at the burn area.