Saturday, January 25, 2014

Prescribed burn planned

Prescribed burn planned at Raven Rock State Park

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County in late January or February.

According to Park Superintendent Jeffery Davidson, the specific date of the burn will depend on local weather conditions.

The prescribed burn will be conducted in an area of about 375 acres to the southeast of Raven Rock Loop Trail, between the trail and Moccasin Branch Road. Portions of the Raven Rock Loop Trail and American Beech Trail may be temporarily closed during the prescribed burn.

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.

To minimize smoke and assure the fire is controlled, the low-intensity, prescribed burn will only be carried out under the 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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