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Park officials plan prescribed burn in Smokies

10:32 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials plan to burn 178 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire.

However, a controlled burn scheduled for Wednesday was postponed because of expected high wind gusts Wednesday night and Thursday.

A National Park Service crew will later set a fire just inside the park boundary south of Wears Valley in Sevier County. The area is bounded by Wear Cove Gap Road, Indian Camp Branch, Little River Road and the park boundary.

The area was last burned in 2009 as a part of a multiyear plan to reduce the buildup of flammable debris.

Roundtop Trail will be closed when the rescheduled burn takes place. Wear Cove Gap Road will remain open, but visitors should look out for fire personnel and equipment.

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