Santee wildlife refuge may conduct controlled burn

SUMMERTON, S.C. (AP) - It may not be fighting with fire exactly, but the Santee National Wildlife Refuge plans to at least prevent fire with fire.

Officials at the refuge in Summerton say they expect to begin conducting controlled burns during the next several weeks, although the unpredictability of weather conditions means they can't be more specific than that.

The goal of the low-intensity fires is to clear out shrubs and other growth that can increase the risk of wildfires. Controlled burns also help the wildlife habitat by promoting the long-term growth of particular types of trees and plants.

Landowners with property adjacent to range will be notified before the fires are started, along with local fire departments.

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