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CONTROLLED BURNS PLANNED FOR OAK RIDGE RESERVATION

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is initiating a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation for prescribed burning. This will include the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Three Bend Area off Pump House and Bull Bluff Roads. Beginning this week and continuing through mid-November 2017, weather permitting, controlled burns will take place of 284 acres of Reels Bend fields, 125 acres of Gallaher Bend fields and 62 acres of Solway Bend fields. These planned burns are part of the TWRA and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’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. Smoke may be observed in the Oak Ridge vicinity of Clark Center Park or south of the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education campus during the burns.

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