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Prescribed burn responsible for plume of smoke over Craven, Carteret counties

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For people traveling in eastern Craven and Carteret counties a plume of smoke can be seen for miles.

The fire in Croatan National Forest was intentionally set.

The U.S. Forest Service plans is conducting a prescribed burn in the Croatan National Forest  on Friday. The 799-acre burn will take place off of Middle Little Rd and Briery Branch Rd. That's about 4 miles west of the Ranger District Office and approximately 8 miles south of New Bern.

Rangers burn the underbrush on a regular basis to help the forest and its wildlife grow.
On Wednesday, about 1,500 acres were set on fire, but it's only the ground cover that they are trying to get rid of.
"What we try to do is to get the ideal conditions, to try and conduct these burns, and today just happened to be a good day to conduct these controlled burns because we just had a couple of days of rain," said James Cherry, U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Officer.  He says they try to burn 20 to 25 thousand acres each year in the Croatan Forest.

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