UPDATE: Wayne National Forest Prescribed Burns

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) --The Wayne National Forest is calling last week's 400-acre Young's Branch fire "very successful."

The "prescribed burns" were in Decatur Township in Lawrence County and Vernon and Bloom Townships in Scioto County.

Wayne spokesman Gary Chancey says the burns were to get rid of fallen trees that were left behind from an ice storm five years ago. It's estimated that several tons of debris were burned.

Not only does that get rid of potentially dangerous fire fuel, it also helps reestablish oak and hickory trees, which help support the wildlife habitat in the area.

If weather conditions remain good, the public can expect U.S. Forest Service firefighters to conduct more prescribed burns in the coming weeks on the Ironton and Athens Ranger Districts of the Wayne National Forest.

One of those is scheduled for this week in Hocking County.

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