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Controlled burns scheduled for Cades Cove

Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin a series of controlled burns in Cades Cove as soon as next week.

Fire officials plan controlled burns in some Cades Cove fields starting in early November. The fires will continue off and on through the rest of the month.

Rangers use controlled burns to reduce overgrowth of woods into fields, encourage the growth of native herbs and flowers, cut back on exotic plant species and maintain the historic feel of the cove. The burns also help support native species such as deer, turkeys and ground nesting birds that forage in the fields for food.

"The controlled burns provide a great opportunity for the public to witness first hand our resource management efforts and to learn about the role of fire in our National Parks," Fire Management Officer Dave Loveland said in a press release.

Cades Cove Loop Road and the cove's historic structures will stay open during the controlled burns, but rangers may have to temporarily close some side roads and trails.

Park rangers will be available at overlooks and parking areas during the burns to answer visitor questions.

For more information on prescribed burns, visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's website.


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