NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - The U.S. Forest Service will conduct prescribed burns Wednesday and Thursday in the Croatan National Forest.
Approximately 1,400 acres will be burned during the two-day operation, according to the Forest Service. The burning is scheduled to take place along Highway 24 and Pringle Road, as well as Millis Road, Highway 58 and Nine Mile Road near Havelock.
No roads or trails will be closed during the prescribed burn, but visitors to the forest should be alert for smoke and fire engines in the area.
The burns are supposed to reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor, which would prevent catastrophic wildfires, the Forest Service stated. Other environmental benefits include improving the habitat for fire-adapted species, like the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.