COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina State Park Service is planning to conduct controlled burns at two state parks and a state historic site this winter.

The agency says that the controlled fires will be set at Cheraw and Givhans Ferry state parks, as well as at the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site in Charleston County.

The controlled burns help with land restoration, preserving habitat for animals and birds and reducing the amount of fuel in the forests that can feed wildfires. The controlled burns depend on the weather, and precise dates will be announced one to three days beforehand.

The controlled burns may require the temporary closing of some trails and roads in the parks.