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Another controlled burn in northern Mecklenburg

For the second day, a subscribed burn north of Charlotte could produce smoke. The fire is used for environmental land management.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A controlled burn is being conducted at Latta Nature Preserve in northern Mecklenburg County Tuesday.

Mecklenburg County Natural Resources is conducting the burn in the prairie area of the preserve from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m.

Latta Nature Preserve is located in Huntersville near Mountain Island Lake.

With winds blowing from the west, it's possible the smell of smoke could carry east into portions of Charlotte, Huntersville, and other portions of Mecklenburg County.

Officials suggest those sensitive to smoke and air quality stay indoors and avoid areas of heavy smoke.

Officials used social media and the CharMeck Alert system to inform residents of the burn Monday.

Controlled burns, also known as prescribed fires, mimic the natural disturbance caused by natural fires, according to the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. These fires are carefully planned and conducted under specific weather conditions to achieve specific goals. 

Fires can be used as a land-management tool.

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