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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. Van Der Vaart, Secretary
Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Prescribed burns planned at Pilot Mountain State Park

Raleigh -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Yadkin River section of Pilot Mountain State Park during the next 90 days.

The specific date of the burn will depend on local weather conditions, according to Park Superintendent Matt Windsor.

The prescribed burn will be conducted on about 70 acres. The Ivy Bluffs trail and canoe launch parking area will be closed during the prescribed burn, and informational signs will be posted on nearby roads.

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.

For more information, contact the park office at 336-325-2355.