The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct two prescribed burns totaling 453 acres on the Croatan National Forest today, Monday June 20.
The first burn will take place off County Line Road near the site of yesterday’s burn, approximately 4 miles west of the District Office. The second burn will be off Lake Road (State Road #1125) approximately 15 miles south of the District Office.
The goal of the burn is to reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor to prevent catastrophic wildfires. The burn will also improve habitat for fire adapted species such as the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker and will help restore the longleaf pine ecosystem.
Consideration for firefighter and public safety is the highest priority. No roads or trails will be closed, but the public should be aware of the potential for smoke in the area along with firefighter traffic. All prescribed burns follow smoke management guidelines to mitigate impacts to the public.