Controlled Burns Around East Tennessee Causing Air Quality Issues for Some Groups of Individuals

Rural Metro Fire says two controlled burns are underway in Knox County this (Tuesday) morning.

WVLT reporting, the burns are centered in the areas of Forks of the River and Watt Road. Many residents across Knox County may see smoke over the next few days due to these prescribed burns.

On Monday, the U.S. Forrest Service conducted a controlled burn in Monroe County.

Controlled burns help reduce the catastrophic damage of wildfire by safely reducing excessive brush, shrubs, and trees. They also encourage native vegetation to grow and are used to maintain the many plant and animal species whose habitats depend on periodic fire.

Air quality in Blount, Knox and parts of Jefferson and Cocke Counties are at unhealthy levels today (4/6/21).  People in sensitive groups, those with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens should avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Keep outdoor activities short.  Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling. Everyone else: Choose less strenuous activities, shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.

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