Parts of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, Maryland are being burned intentionally.
Park staff started a controlled burn on 35 acres of the marsh on Friday. Wildfire Zone Manager Art Canterbury says the burns are being done to get rid of dead vegetation that could fuel a wildfire. He says burning the dead marsh grass also helps improve the health of the marsh, and stimulate the growth of new marsh grass.
Canterbury says the park staff plans to do controlled burns on 10,000 to 11,000 acres of marsh this year.
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