RICHMOND, Va. — Smoke rising from two areas of the Richmond National Battlefield Park over the next week will not be the work of overzealous Civil War re-enactors.

Instead, the National Park Service says it plans two prescribed burns to maintain the landscape as it was when soldiers from the North and the South fought at the battlefields 150 years ago.

The first burn involves about 40 acres of park property at Malvern Hill in suburban Richmond. That burn is scheduled for Wednesday. The other burn entails about 20 acres in Cold Harbor, which is located in Hanover County.

At Malvern Hill, the burn will reduce woody and non-native species to maintain a meadow. At Cold Harbor, the burn is intended to maintain an open forest.

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