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October 16, 2019

Nantahala Ranger District planning two prescribed burns this week

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct two prescribed burns this week on the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest, weather permitting.

On Thursday, November 16, a 1200-acre burn is planned in the Sugar Creek area of Little Canada in Jackson County. On Friday, November 17, a 1762-acre burn is planned in the Round Mountain area of Jackson County on the state line with South Carolina.

The goal of these understory burns is to reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor to prevent future catastrophic wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.

Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. Be aware of the potential for smoke and firefighter traffic near the burn areas.

For more information contact the Nantahala Ranger District office at 828-524-6441.

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Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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