Forest managers prep for prescribed burns even after wildfires

Jim McDonald, ranger with the Georgia Forestry Commission, lights pine tree debris and brush during a prescribed burn near Dalton, Ga., in this file photo.
photo Cherokee National Forest rangers use a fire torch to light controlled fire during the prescribed fire season in the Cherokee in this file photo.

2016 SIGNIFICANT AREA WILDFIRES

› Chattahoochee National Forest: The Rough Ridge fire, started by lightning in mid-October, burned close to 30,000 acres in the Cohutta Wilderness area of North Georgia.› Cherokee National Forest: Several fires combined to cover more than 1,000 acres in Polk and Monroe counties in Tennessee during November.› Hamilton County: Three wildfires along Waldens Ridge burned more than 2,000 combined acres and contributed to a smoke blanket that enveloped Chattanooga on certain November days.› Dade County, Ga.: The Fox Mountain, Tatum Gulf and Sulfur Springs fires combined to burn more than 4,000 acres.›