Controlled burns scheduled in Clark County

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in Clark County may see smoke in the area over the next few weeks.

The Forest Service is conducting controlled burns near the Daniel Boone National Forest.

It is to reduce forest ground fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

Controlled burns reduce leaf litter and woody debris on the forest floor, which can contribute to uncontrolled wildfires.

For wildlife, the burns will promote the growth of native grasses and shrubs that many species depend on for food and protective cover.

Unlike wildfires, controlled burns are set under specific weather conditions within established fire boundaries, which may include roads, streams or constructed fire lines prepared in advance.

The Forest Services says, depending on weather conditions, upcoming controlled burns are planned in Jackson, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rowan and Whitley counties.

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