Alerts & Notices

Prescribed burn planned today, June 23, on Croatan National Forest

New Bern, NC, June 23, 2018 - The Croatan National Forest is planning an 874-acre prescribed burn today, June 23, in the Patsy Pond Area off Pringle Road and Highway 24, 1 mile east of the community Ocean.

The Patsy Pond trail will be closed today and is expected to reopen tomorrow.

The public should be aware of potential smoke in the area along with firefighter traffic, including a helicopter. Safety of firefighters and communities is our top priority.

The goal of the prescribed burn is to reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor to prevent future catastrophic wildfires and improve wildlife habitat. The burn will also help to restore the longleaf pine and wire grass ecosystem.


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  • Climbing closures to protect rare falcons partially lifted
  • Prescribed Burn Planned for Croatan National Forest today, June 23
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