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Past prescribed burn. Cola Daily file photo.

Park rangers from Congaree National Park, along with staff from Kings Mountain National Military Park and the SC Forestry Commission, will be conducting a prescribed burn Wednesday, weather and conditions permitting.

The fire will be conducted in several areas, including along the park entrance road, the Longleaf Campground, areas around park buildings, the Longleaf pine restoration area between the Bluff Trail and the Research and Learning center, and areas around Bluff Campground. The fire is intended to help with habitat restoration and fuel reduction, in accordance with the park's fire management plan.

Precautions have been taken to minimize impacts to park trails and park neighbors. However, smoke may be seen for several miles and may drift over roads and park trails close to where the burns are taking place.

Burns will be held within portions of the park that are closed to access. Recreational day-use access to park backcountry hiking and paddling trails will remain open to visitors, and those wishing to hike park trails can park at hte Cedar Creek Canoe Landing to access the Kingsnake Trail, trail conditions permitting. Information on trail access, weather, and water levels can be found at nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Additional information can be found at nps.gov/cong, Congaree National Park's Facebook page and Twitter page.

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