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US Forest Service Planning Fires In Vermont Forests

Green Mountain National Forest signboard
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Green Mountain National Forest signboard

U.S. Forest Service officials are planning to burn 200 acres to 300 acres in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest to reduce heavy accumulations of grass and brush as a way to restore wildlife habitat and improve other conditions in the forest.
The fires are not likely to affect nearby residents, but people near the fires could smell smoke.

The timing of the burns will depend on weather and conditions on the ground.

The Forest Service says prescribed fires restores declining wildlife habitat and improves watershed conditions.

The areas planned for burning are now overgrown with thick brush, with plants coarse, dense, and overcrowded.

The Green Mountain National Forest is made up of more than 400,000 acres, most in southern Vermont.

Each burn site will be closed to the public.

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