The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn during the week of March 29th on 450 acres of the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.
The prescribed burn will take place off of Max Patch Road in Madison County approximately 25 miles northwest of Asheville.
The prescribed burn will reduce the amount of dead grasses and woody debris on the forest floor reducing the frequency and impacts of wildfire thereby reducing risks to nearby communities. The burn will also improve habitat for fire-adapted botanical species and provide vegetation management to keep the Max Patch bald an open scenic area.
Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.
No roads or trails will be closed during the prescribed burn, but visitors to the Pisgah National Forest should be aware of smoke and fire engines in the area.
The National Weather Service will be available for forecast updates.
NEW BERN, N.C., Mar. 25, 2015 -- The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct two prescribed burns in the Croatan National Forest, today, March 25th. The agency plans to burn two areas approx. 250 acres and 273 acres in size. The burns will take place off of Highway 58 in Carteret and Jones Counties approximately 12 miles Southwest of the District Office.
The purpose of these burns is to reduce fuel build up, improve habitat for fire adapted species, such as the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and to help restore the longleaf pine ecosystem.
There will be no closures associated with these prescribed burns, however the public should beware of smoke in the area along with fire engines.
The safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn areas and closed roads and trails. A helicopter will assist in conducting the prescribed burns.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a 2,200-acre prescribed burn on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, between now and April 15th, depending on favorable weather. The prescribed burn on federal, state, and private land could occur as early as Monday, March 30th. The agency will conduct the two-day, burn north of Lake Tahoma on the East side of Highway 80 in McDowell County.
NEW BERN, N.C., Mar. 23, 2015 – Access to the Black Swamp OHV Trail System will be temporarily interrupted due to heavy road construction on Black Swamp Road.
Storm damage from Hurricane Irene will be repaired with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. This project will require full closure of the road and use of the trailhead parking areas for staging of heavy equipment restricting access to the Black Swamp OHV Area while the project is completed.
Construction and repairs are expected to be completed by April 30, 2015.
Contact the Croatan Ranger District for updates at (252) 638-5628.
The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing the Graveyard Fields Area to overnight camping.
This closure, issued in consultation with the N.C. Wildlife Commission, has been implemented due to human safety concerns after a bear entered a tent and removed a hiker’s backpack. No injuries were reported.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Croatan National Forest, today, March 17th. The agency plans to burn approx. 1,447acres off of Hwy 58 and Holston Hunter Road in Jones County Which is approximately 11 miles SouthWest of District Office and approximately 12 mlies South of New Bern.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct one of two prescribed burns in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, on Wednesday March 18th. Based on weather conditions and resource availability the agency plans to burn either 560 acres in Avery County or 1240 acres in Caldwell and Avery Counties. The smaller Rock House Creek Burn is northof Roseboro in Avery County. The larger Wilson Ridge Burn is north of Edgemont in Caldwell and Avery Counties.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, on Friday, February 13th. The agency plans to burn 55 acres in Burke County as part of the Miller Mountain Stewardship project.