The 2011 southern fire season was an active one with above average acreage falling victim to the flames, especially in the southeastern states. But there’s also some good news – Virginia’s trout streams appear to be on the mend. Warm Springs District Ranger Patrick Sheridan has this report.

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A prescribed fire or a controlled burn, as it is sometimes called, is a planned burn used to accomplish specific goals. These goals are documented in a burn plan, or prescription. Land managers use fire as a management tool to improve forest and grassland health.

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