Military conducting prescribed fire at Joint Base Charleston

Military conducting prescribed fire at Joint Base Charleston

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Joint Base Charleston officials are asking anyone who sees smoke coming from the area of its weapons station to not call 911 or local fire departments.

Natural resources officials are conducting a prescribed fire there for most of Tuesday.

Joint Base Charleston and Air Force Wildland Fire Center personnel are handling the burn in an area behind Poseidon Park from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m., according to Air Force Lt. Alexandra Trobe.

Winds from the west should minimize smoke impacts on mission partners, Trobe said in a statement.

A prescribed fire is not a wildfire. It is a managed burn, conducted by trained natural resources professionals. These fires are coordinated with the South Carolina Forestry Commission and with federal and municipal fire departments, Trobe said.

Prescribed fires can reduce natural fuel loads present in woods, enhance timber and wildlife habitat and restore ecosystems and suppress forest diseases and pests.

Joint Base Charleston personnel can confirm authorized burning activity at (843) 764-7555.

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