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TELL CITY - Rain forecast for Wednesday night and today means prescribed burning in the Mogan Ridge area of the Hoosier National Forest won't begin until next week.
The Forest Service plans to burn about 750 acres on Mogan Ridge. Cyclical fires help maintain barrens areas that are home to unique plants.
An 800-acre area in Jackson County near Houston and three areas in Brown County, each 200 to 300 acres, are planned for burning. The purpose of the burns is to improve wildlife habitat and to reduce the buildup of natural fuels on the forest floor which lessens the danger of uncontrollable wild fires.
Some burning took place in the northern areas of the forest this week.
The exact date of the burns will depend on weather and fuel conditions. Mike Davis, fire management officer for the Hoosier encourages anyone with medical issues that might be affected by smoke, such as asthma or emphysema, to register for a notification list.
Once a firm date for the Mogan Ridge burn is set, people on the list will be called.
To be added to the list, call 547-9247 or 547-7051.
Schools and local fire departments will also be notified.
"Spring burns normally don't have a lot of smoke impacts, but we want to do everything we can to minimize affects on our neighbors," Davis said.