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Crowders Mountain State Park to conduct prescribed burns

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Susan Kluttz, Secretary
Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Crowders Mountain State Park to conduct prescribed burns

Raleigh -- 

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct a series of prescribed burns at Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County from Dec. 1 to April 30. According to Park Superintendent Larry Hyde, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions and notice will be posted on the division’s website

The prescribed burns may be conducted on up to 900 acres within the park in at least three separate areas. Prescribed burns in some of the areas may require temporarily closing some visitor facilities and access, including trails, campgrounds and the lake area.

Prescribed burns are used as a resource management tool in many locations 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 a 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.  Typically, a prescribed burn begins in late morning and end by mid-afternoon, however, the intended size of some burns at Crowders Mountain State Park may require more than a single day.

For further information, call the park office at (704) 853-5375.