Expect Smoke On Rim From Rx Burns

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, the Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns on up to 400 acres northwest of Whispering Pines.

The operation will focus primarily on needles and dead and downed debris from the forest floor. Debris piles will also be burned, said Gary Roberts, fire prevention officer with the Forest Service.

"Residents and visitors in Rim Country can

expect to see residual smoke from the burn operation throughout the week," he said.

The burn will only take place if optimal conditions are present. Temperature, wind speed and direction, fuel moisture content and humidity are some of the factors taken into consideration, prior to a prescribed burn, Roberts said.

"If conditions are not ideal, the prescribed burn will be postponed or shut down," he said.

About 45 acres of debris piles were the cause of smoke last Thursday. That burn took place west of Whispering Pines and east of Control Road 438.

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