Prescribed burn planned on Joint Base Charleston

(Courtesy Joint Base Charleston)

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- If you saw smoke rising from the base this weekend, have no fear. It was a controlled burn and there's another one planned for Monday.

Monday's fire will be in Timberlands of Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station on January 14. The woods are in southern Berkeley County between the city of Goose Creek and Bushy Park industrial area.

LBC officials say the smoke may be visible from North Rhett Avenue, Red Bank Road, Bushy Park Road and the Don Holt Bridge on I-526. The managed burn, conducted by trained natural resources professionals, are coordinated withthe South Carolina Forestry Commission and with federal and municipal fire departments."Prescribed fire is conducted to prevent wildfires by reducing natural fuel loads present in the woods, manage for timber and wildlife habitat enhancement, encourage ecosystem restoration and management, and to suppress forest diseases and pests," a JBC statement read.Please do not call 911 or the local fire departments to report these fires. The Joint Base Charleston Emergency Dispatcher can confirm authorized burning activity at 764-7555.