CADES COVE – The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns covering 1000 acres in Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park by the end of March, with operations potentially starting on February 3. Monitoring conditions like vegetation, weather, and moisture, crews aim to ensure safety. Visitors can expect closures, delays, and precautions due to smoke. The burns aim to maintain native plant species, reduce fuels, and support wildlife, with previous burns proving successful in preserving the landscape and biodiversity.