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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
U.S. Forest Service #BurnAlerts
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
#BurnAlerts – #BurnAlerts – 1,040 acre #GoodFire on the Oconee RD ~6 miles NW of Eatonton, GA in Putnam County off GA Hwy 300 near the Mt. Gilead area. The Georgia Forestry Commission is assisting with the #prescribedfire to reduce hazardous fuels & improve wildlife habitat.
Contact the Oconee Ranger District at 706-485-7110.
If weather conditions on-site change or become unfavorable, the controlled burn is subject to being cancelled.
Professional foresters and other land managers use prescribed fire to safely mimic these natural forces, carefully applying controlled burning under specific weather conditions to enhance reforestation, aesthetics and forest access. If weather conditions on-site change or become unfavorable, the controlled burns are subject to being cancelled.
Approximately 35,000 acres across the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests may be treated with prescribed fire from early February through mid-April. The Forest Service goal is to safely apply low-intensity controlled burns to reduce the duff layer common in thick overgrown unmanaged forest areas that choke out sunlight from native grasses, wildflowers and desired tree seedlings. This goal on the national forest is also a land management priority identified by State of Georgia agencies.
Fire is as natural as sunshine, rain, and wind in many plant communities of the forest that depend upon it. Long ago before western settlement, frequent low-intensity fires would have burned across the forests of Georgia, shaping forest plant communities. Prescribed fire promotes forest health by reducing competition from undesired vegetation, reduces the spread of forest pests and diseases, while improving recreational access and restoring forest habitat. No matter which objective is desired to benefit the forest, periodic prescribed fire prevents the buildup of leaf-litter, dead plants and trees that can lead to devastating wildfires.
When conditions are just right, fire managers begin the prescribed fire treatments essential to improving wildlife habitat and maintaining a healthy forest. Every year, fire managers successfully treat around 35,000 acres on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests through prescribed fire. Learn more: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/RxFire
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District Office Contacts:
Blue Ridge 706-745-6928
Chattooga River 706-754-6221
Be advised that smoke from prescribed fire may cross state boundaries. Find #BurnAlerts
for the Cherokee National Forest, the National Forests in North Carolina, the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, and the National Forests in Alabama on their websites.
About the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
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