Quantico controlled burn

Quantico Marine Corps base conducts controlled burns through April 15 each year. Photo courtesy Quantico Marine Corps base

Quantico Marine Corps Base forestry and fire crews will be conducting a large control burn on the west side of base today, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Base officials say residents can expect to see smoke columns coming from the installation and possibly some drift smoke throughout the surrounding area dependent on changing wind conditions.

"Foresters do everything within their power to manage smoke impacts from these burns and ensure the safety of residents both in and around MCBQ," the base said in a Facebook post. "Control burn operations normally begin in February of each year and are completed by April 15."

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