SOUTH BRANCH TWP. – The USDA Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed fire in the Huron-Manistee National Forests today. The operation will occur in South Branch Township north of M-72 near Sunrise Road.
Prescribed fires are carefully planned and controlled burns that help protect communities from wildfires. They are intended to prevent the accumulation of hazardous fuels – such as needles, leaves, and twigs – that can feed larger fires. Prescribed fires also promote healthy ecosystems by recycling nutrients back into the soil and promoting the growth of plants that provide habitat for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and other species.
Members of the public are asked to exercise caution when traveling near the treatment area. Although the Forest Service strives to minimize inconveniences, local residents may experience increased traffic, smell smoke, or see flames. Forest Service personnel will remain onsite for the duration of the prescribed fire and will return to the treatment area for several days to ensure that the fire is completely extinguished.
More information about tomorrow’s prescribed fire will be available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ Facebook page (@huronmanisteenfs).
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