Controlled burn in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Crews conducted a controlled burn inside the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Park officials say the prescribed fire in the park is necessary for the health of the forest. Crews say the fire also prevents wildfires in the future.

We're told the controlled burn is not dangerous for the surrounding communities.

"We've taken into account wind and humidity levels. What we're trying to do is reduce the litter and the limbs that are down on the ground," said Carol Borneman.

Crews say most of the fire is almost out now.

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