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Controlled burn underway at Naval Weapons Station

Source: AP Source: AP
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Joint Base Charleston and Air Force Wildland Fire Center personnel are managing a prescribed fire Thursday.

The fire began at 9:45 a.m. in the Marrington Burn area of the Naval Weapons Station and is expected to continue until approximately 5 p.m., spokesman Marvin Krause said.

Controlled or prescribed burns are designed to reduce the potential wildfire risk by reducing the natural fuel in the woods, enhance timber and wildlife habitats, restore ecosystems and suppress forest diseases and pests.

Krause said residents who see smoke from the fire area should not call 911. Joint Base Charleston personnel can confirm authorized burning at 843-764-7555, he said.

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