Plumes of smoke above JBLM from controlled burns

Two controlled burns at Joint Base Lewis-McChord sent plumes of smoke into the sky Tuesday.

The burns started at 11 a.m. and were expected to last three hours, JBLM spokesman Joe Kubistek said.

Controlled burns will take place throughout the summer to reduce invasive species, enhance the habitat, train firefighters and control underbrush that often fuels wildfires, he said.

Members of JBLM’s Forestry and Wildlife divisions, plus base firefighters were on-site to ensure the fires did not get out of control, Kubistek said.