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Smoke possible in Rockingham County due to prescribed burn on Monday

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A prescribed burn near Fulks Run in Rockingham County is planned for Monday, and residents and visitors to the area may see and smell smoke along Highway 612 for several days.

The burn will take place in the 62-acre Slate Lick fields located 4.3 miles south of Fulks Run. The entrance to the fields will be temporarily closed during the burn operations.

The burn should be concluded in one day.

According the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, prescribed burns improve wildlife habitat by restoring open woodlands and grasslands to the forest landscape. Prescribed burns also keep the public and homes safe by reducing the buildup of dried leaves and wood in nearby forest land that can lead to uncontrolled wildfires.

For more information on our prescribed burn program, contact the North River Ranger District at )540) 432-0187, or visit the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest website.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.