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MCAS Cherry Point conducting two controlled burns, on on Thursday and the second on Sunday

The MCAS Cherry Point is conducting two prescribed burns.

Officials say they will burn about 3,000 acres of marshland on Piney Island on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. and smoke may affect people in Ocracoke and around the Outer Banks.

They also plan to burn 50 acres of forestland on the Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue on Sunday. Officials say some areas of Emerald Isle could be impacted by the smoke, which could linger into Monday. That burn is also scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.