Park officials prescribed burn in Smokies canceled

Great Smoky Mountains in October, (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Great Smoky Mountains in October, (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials have canceled their plans to burn 178 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Wednesday. The burn was designed to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire.

The controlled burn was to take place on Wednesday just inside the park boundary south of Wears Valley in Sevier County. The area is bounded by Wear Cove Gap Road, Indian Camp Branch, Little River Road and the park boundary.

A National Park Service fire crew was supposed to conduct the prescribed burn. Engines from Wears Valley Fire Department and Townsend Fire Department will patrol the lines.

The area was last burned in 2009 as a part of a multiyear plan to reduce the buildup of flammable debris.

Roundtop Trail will be closed. Wear Cove Gap Road will remain open, but visitors should look out for fire personnel and equipment.

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