From National Forests in North Carolina:
Mars Hill, N.C., March 31, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn during the week of March 31th on about 450 acres of the Appalachian Ranger District.
The prescribed burn will take place off of Max Patch Rd which is approximately 20 miles west of the Ranger District Office and approximately 25 miles northwest of Asheville.
The prescribed burn will reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor, preventing catastrophic wildfire and reducing risks to nearby communities. The burn will also improve habitat for fire-adapted species and provide vegetation management to keep the bald an open scenic area.
Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.
No roads or trails will be closed during the prescribed burn, but visitors to the Pisgah National Forest should be aware of smoke and fire engines in the area.
The National Weather Service will be available for forecast updates.