Prescribed Burn in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

A 14 acre prescribed burn 10 miles southwest of Eatonton was conducted on Thursday, Jan. 9, reports the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.  This was done to remove logging debris and prepare the site for future tree planting. The project is designed to maintain and restore healthy forest, habitat and watershed conditions across 157,625-acres within the Chattahoochee National Forest in Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, and White counties.  Fire Management involves both fire suppression and proactively using fire to achieve set goals. Fire effectively and efficiently reduces the level of hazardous fuels thus reducing risks and costs. When conditions are just right, fire managers begin the prescribed fire treatments essential to improving wildlife habitat and maintaining a healthy forest. Every year, fire managers successfully treat around 35,000 acres on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests through prescribed fire.