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Prescribed burns planned Tuesday for Carteret County

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Educational Ranger James Kimes watches over the fire line in this photo from Feb. 5, 2020.

The Croatan National Forest is conducting two prescribed burns in Carteret County. The burns include a 636-acre area northeast of Cape Carteret near the community of Ocean and a 983-acre burn 5 miles west of Newport. A helicopter will be utilized to implement the burns. The Forest Service said the public should be aware of smoke and firefighters working in these areas and avoid Millis Road. Prescribed burns reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor which helps prevent wildfires. They also help improve habitat for native species, such as the longleaf pine and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.