U.S. Forestry is planning on holding a controlled burn in the Cherokee National Forest on Friday, April 20. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area.

The 1,605 ares are in Monroe County approximately 6 miles northeast of Coker Creek and 7 miles southeast of Tellico Plains, near the Bald River Gorge Wilderness. 

Smoke may be visible if you are traveling near Highway 68 and Highway 165/Cherohala Skyway. 

In 2018, about 20,000 acres are set to be controlled burn throughout the Cherokee National Forest. A significant portion of the prescribed burning is planned for early spring.

Prescribed or controlled burns are used for several reasons including hazardous fuel reduction, growth of wildlife habitat and site preparation reduces the leaf litter on the forest floor.