RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County during March or April. According to Park Superintendent Jane Conolly, the specific date of the burn will depend on local weather conditions.
Carvers Creek State Park is under development and not open to the public. Areas to be affected are confined to the Long Valley Farm between NC 87 and East Manchester Road in Spring Lake.
Prescribed burns are used as a resource management tool by the state parks system. Some plant communities and animal species rely on periodic fire for their existence. The prescribed burns also reduce the amount of potential wildfire fuel and help protect the park’s resources and neighboring landowners if lightning, arson or carelessness sparks a wildfire.
In order to minimize smoke and assure the fire is controlled, the low-intensity, prescribed burn will only be carried out under strictly defined weather conditions of a fire management plan. On the selected day, the burn will begin in the late morning and will likely end by mid-afternoon.
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