Orton Plantation begins controlled burns in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you smell smoke or see it in the air in Brunswick County next week, it could be coming from Orton Plantation.

Starting Monday, Orton Plantation will begin its annual controlled burns.

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According to a news release, the burns will improve forest health, bring back longleaf pines and restore habitats. Orton says nearby residents may see smoke and it may also reduce visibility on Highway 133.

People who live in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington will be able to see and smell smoke at times.

Orton says trained experts will conduct the burning in coordination with local authorities including NC Forest Service, NC Department of Air Quality, Brunswick and New Hanover County 911 and Brunswick and New Hanover County Fire Departments.

The controlled burns will take place between Monday and May 1.