Smoke in Virginia Beach on Monday came from wildlife refuge’s controlled burn

Posted at 3:40 PM, Apr 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-14 17:19:12-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - The smoke cloud seen rising over southern Virginia Beach on Monday was from a controlled burn taking place at the Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge in Knotts Island, North Carolina.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prescribed burns are used on the refuge for vegetation management. They help improve animal habitats, recycle nutrients, and prevent potential wildfires.