We got some calls Tuesday afternoon from concerned residents over ‘lots of smoke’ lingering over the county. One caller said it looked like half the county was on fire. A check with the County Fire Department told us that TWRA was doing a prescribed burn on the Catoosa Wildlife Preserve – a controlled burn. It was explained to us this way: A prescribed burn is designed to help clear the forest bed to promote the regrowth of a more diverse habitat. Prescribed fires prepare sites for seeding of native grasses, control insects and diseases, as well as improving habitats for wildlife.