Controlled burns on DOE property

The Department of Energy announced today that it plans to conduct nearly a dozen controlled burns on the government’s Oak Ridge reservation, beginning next week and through the end of April. Weather may impact the plans, the agency said.

The biggest area targeted is a 100-acre tract on Gallaher Bend to help maintain native grasses and scale back the kudzu infestation. Fires in other areas will deal with the same issues, while reducing the risk of wildfires.

The burns are conducted  by the Tennessee Division of Forestry with the cooperation of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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