Prescribed burn happening Tuesday afternoon on Deer Island

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Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say a prescribed burn is being conducted on Deer Island this afternoon, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

The burn began sometime between 10 a.m. and noon and is expected to last for the remainder of the day.

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The burn will take place on a 39-acre section on the eastern end of Deer Island.

This portion of the preserve will be closed to the public during the burn and DMR officials are encouraging residents to remain out of the area until Friday, January 10, 2020.

The prescribed fire will help remove heavy fuel loads from the ground, promote a healthy under-story for wildlife habitat and function as a site prep aid for tree plantings and restoration efforts.

The fire will also aid with the removal of invasive species such as Chinese Tallow, as well as increase access to infested areas for additional treatment.