Asheville plans prescribed burns around reservoir

March 6, 2019 GMT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Asheville is making plans for prescribed burns around an area reservoir to clear brush in hopes of preventing future wildfires.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that controlled burns initially planned for February have been delayed at the North Fork Reservoir, also called the Burnette Reservoir. It’s one of two manmade lakes that supply water for the city’s water system that serves over 100,000 customers including the beer industry.

Now, prescribed burns wouldn’t start until at least March 13. Lee Hensley, the city watershed supervisor, says there is a window of about six more weeks for doing spring burns

Hensley says that after early or mid-April seedlings are more susceptible to heat damage.

Officials say smoke from the burns could be visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway and other areas.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com