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Pat McCrory, Governor John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2014-02-28 Phone: (919) 218-4622

Prescribed burns planned at Falls Lake State Recreation Area

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct multiple prescribed burns at Falls Lake State Recreation Area in March through May. According to Park Superintendent Eric Dousharm, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed burns will be conducted on approximately 300 acres in Wake and Durham counties. 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.

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