RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct a significant prescribed burn at Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County before February 28. According to Park Superintendent Jane Conolly, the specific date of the burn will depend on local weather conditions.
The state parks system will work in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the N.C. Forest Service for the prescribed burn on 600 acres in the park’s Sandhills Section off McCloskey Road north of Fayetteville. This area of the state park is not open to the public. Natural resource managers will be using a contracted helicopter to direct burn operations and observe its progress.
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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