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Pat McCrory, Governor
John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stone Mountain State Park will conduct prescribed burns

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a series of prescribed burns on approximately 1,500 acres at Stone Mountain State Park between late November and June.

Specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions, according to Janet Pearson, Stone Mountain State Park's superintendent.

The largest of the planned prescribed burns will be on 650 acres on the 600-foot Stone Mountain escarpment, and will be conducted in conjunction with the N.C. Forest Service. Hiking trails on Stone Mountain and the main park road will be closed during this event. During any of the burn events, some visitor areas and trails are likely to be temporarily closed.

In order to minimize smoke and assure any fire is controlled, the low intensity, prescribed burns will only be carried out under the strictly defined weather conditions of a fire management plan. On the selected days, the burns will begin in the late morning and likely end by late afternoon. Under Stone Mountain State Park's fire management plan, prescribed fire will be gradually introduced on about 3,500 acres of the 14,351-acre park in coming years.

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 spark a wildfire.

On the day when a prescribed burn is to begin, an alert will be posted on the State Mountain State Park page of the division's website, For further information, call the park office at 336-957-8185.