NEW BERN -

A prescribed burn is planned for 772 acres of the Croatan National Forest Sunday.

The U.S. Forest Service planned the burn off Holston Hunter Road, South East of Maysville.

Prescribed burns are meant to reduce fuels on the forest floor to prevent wildfires and maintain forest health. No roads or trails will be closed in the forest, but visitors should be wary of smoke and fire engines in the area.

People near the burn can expect to see smoke rising from the forest.