Smoke filled the area near Havelock on Saturday, prompting at least one call to the Havelock Fire Department about a woods fire.
However, all the smoke that started filling the skies from the middle of the morning came from a controlled burn conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.
According to a release, the forest service planned the prescribed burn of 507 acres of the Croatan National Forest off Lake Road and Miller Boulevard, just about a mile outside of Havelock.
The burn is designed to reduce to amount of fuel that could allow for increased wildfire damage, thus reducing the threat that wildfires could impact homes in the area, according to the release. The burn also improves habitat in the long-leaf pine ecosystem that can benefit animals in the area, such as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
The forest service had a helicopter as well as fire engines in the area to make sure the burn did not get out of control.