Controlled Burns

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – If you see smoke in the air, don’t panic.
It could just be controlled burns set off by TVA crews.
From February through March, the organization does prescribed burns from Memphis all the way to Johnson City.
It helps get rid of leaf litter and dead trees that can start fires.
It’s also helps destroy things like honeysuckle that take over forestland.
Scott Fiedler is a spokesperson for TVA.
“You may have seen smoke or haze in the air. Right now, we’re doing some controlled burns in Meigs County and Rhea County to help promote warm season grasses and control invasive species.”
Officials say the controlled fires also help maintain and establish wildlife habitat, and recycle nutrients back into the soil.

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