Prescribed fires planned at Big South Fork, Daniel Boone

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) – National Park Service fire crews will be conducting prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest during the next few weeks.

The fires are intended to help promote species diversity and reduce woodland ground fuels. Afterward, the areas will have an enhanced wildlife habitat.

Big South Fork says the fires will be within the boundaries of the park, which lies on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

Some park roads and trails may be closed temporarily during the burns. For the status, contact Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or park headquarters at (423) 569-9778.

For information about the Daniel Boone Forest, which lies completely within Kentucky, call (859) 745-3100.