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Prescribed burns planned at Medoc Mountain State Park

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. Van Der Vaart, Secretary
Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Prescribed burns planned at Medoc Mountain State Park

Raleigh -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct multiple prescribed burns at Medoc Mountain State Park during the next 90 days. According to Park Superintendent Bill Meyer, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed burns will be conducted on about 28 acres. Some visitor areas

and trails may be temporarily closed during the prescribed burns.

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. On the selected day, the burn will begin in the late morning and will likely end by mid-afternoon.