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Morris is burning; Island impoundment cleared for dredging disposal

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MORRIS ISLAND — The smoke coming from this historic barrier island is a managed burn.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is burning to help clear the dredging-disposal impoundment nearest to Cummings Point. The area is planned to be used when an anchorage basin nearby is dredged later this year. The basin, an open water boundary in the Charleston Harbor near Fort Sumter, allows large commercial vessels to anchor without docking.

The Army Corps announced its plans earlier this month because the Cummings Point portion of the island is a historic focus as a Civil War battleground and its beach is a weekend boating destination.