Prescribed burns planned in southeastern Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Forestry Services plans a series of prescribed burns in the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area near Antlers in southeastern Oklahoma.

Officials said Tuesday that burns will occur in early spring in two McGee Creek units, including the wildlife management area and Rocky Point.

Officials say the controlled burns in the back country recreation area will help restore the forest ecosystem by improving conditions for both plants and wildlife. By removing "litter" such as fallen leaves and branches from the forest floor, the regeneration and growth of the native plants is encouraged and the potential for a devastating, destructive wildfire is reduced.

Crews will begin clearing established fire lines around the burn area perimeter next week, weather permitting. Parts of the area will remain open during the fire line construction.

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