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Upcoming Prescribed Burns at Lake James State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Phone: 
919-707-9350

Upcoming Prescribed Burns at Lake James State Park

 

Roy Cooper, Governor                                                                            Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary

Release Note: Immediate                                                                                     Contact: Katie Hall

Release Date: Tues., February 26, 2019                                                           Phone: 919-707-9350

 

Upcoming Prescribed Burns at Lake James State Park

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct multiple prescribed burn at Lake James State Park from late February through April. According to Park Superintendent Nora Coffey, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed burns will be conducted in sections totaling approximately 300 acres at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area, up to 1,000 acres on the Long Arm Peninsula, and approximately 200 acres at the Catawba River Area. Some visitor areas and trails may be temporarily closed during the prescribed burns, and aerial ignition may be used in some instances.

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.

 

   

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct multiple prescribed burn at Lake James State Park from late February through April. According to Park Superintendent Nora Coffey, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed burns will be conducted in sections totaling approximately 300 acres at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area, up to 1,000 acres on the Long Arm Peninsula, and approximately 200 acres at the Catawba River Area. Some visitor areas and trails may be temporarily closed during the prescribed burns, and aerial ignition may be used in some instances.

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.

 

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