State and local firefighters had controlled burns on top of Pine Ridge in south Oak Ridge on Saturday.
The burning on the ridge between South Illinois Avenue and Scarboro Road was scheduled to start at about noon Saturday and end before dark. The burns were conducted by the Tennessee Division of Forestry with help from the Oak Ridge Fire Department.
The goal was to help reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire occurring at the site, also called Summit Ridge, and to help promote the growth of new vegetation in the area, a press release said.
There is a new road that goes up to Pine Ridge and a new, improved intersection with South Illinois Avenue. It was part of a $1.2 million state project to improve the interchange at Centrifuge Way and South Illinois Avenue, or State Route 62. That work—which extended Centrifuge Way, formerly known as Boeing Road—started in November 2012 and was expected to be complete in June of this year.
The Oak Ridge City Council asked for the interchange improvements in July 2010. The new intersection was expected to immediately benefit USEC, a uranium enrichment company at the former Boeing plant, but it could also benefit the marketing of property on Pine Ridge, city officials said at the time.