Forest Service conducting controlled burns in Carter County

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 8:36 PM

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a series of controlled burns in Carter County sections of the Cherokee National Forest.

On Wednesday, the Forest Service set off a 155-acre fire on the Simerly Creek side of Stone Mountain near Unicoi County line.

Forest Service Fire Management Officer Guy Street said about 20 firefighting personnel and heavy equipment were deployed for the fire.

According to Street, the fire was started around noon and was expected to be extinguished by 6 p.m. Firefighters and Forest Service were expected remain in the area through 11 p.m.

Street said he controlled the burn was conducted for timber restoration and would promote forest growth.

The Forest Service will conduct two controlled burns on Thursday on Walnut Mountain in the area of Roan and Buck mountains.

Street said each of the fires will involve approximately 90 acres.

Street said the Walnut Mountain fires were initially planned for a later date but were scheduled for Thursday because of rain in the forecast for Thursday night.

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