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cinco

Smoky ol' Charlotte

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if you were out & about town today, i'm sure you noticed the smoky disposition of our fair city (especially s. charlotte). i first noticed the smell earlier today. it appears all the haze is due to neighbors in the southern carolina.

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/8319866/detail.html

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I noticed it when I left work. In one way, it smells kind of good, like you're camping or something. But it is a little disturbing for the whole city to blanketed with smoke at the ground level.

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now your charlotteans know what its like be covered in smelly smoke like we get in west savannah, hehe, I'm glad I don't haveta experience that right now, I hate to see my hometown go up in smoke

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http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/14207391.htm link to the observer's story.

pardon my ignorance though, but what is the point of the controlled burning?

I don't know what the point was, but take a ride to the mountains sometime in the summer. There are so many controlled burns in the "backwoods" areas of NC that it is almost a normal thing. But most areas this year are already 5 or more inches BELOW normal for precip for the year, so even controlled burns probably arent a good idea.

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http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/14207391.htm link to the observer's story.

pardon my ignorance though, but what is the point of the controlled burning?

Prescribed burns are necessary because in nature there would be fires which would control insects, disease, and vegetation. If resource managers didn't do these prescribed burns, brush and other vegetation would build up and cause a more dangerous wildfire. Some forests, particularly coniferous forests, actually rely on fire to keep the forest healthy and growing (seeds are distributed, etc).

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