The burn will likely take place in three sections of the park in July when weather conditions are favorable. Prescribed fire eliminates leaves, twigs and other forest vegetation that fuel wildfires. The main purpose of this burn is to prevent or lessen the potential damage from wildfires such as the 17th Street Fire, which burned about 60 acres in March 2012.
Reducing the probability of wildfires is especially important in North Carolina, where more than 5 million homes are located in forested, wildfire-prone areas. A properly conducted prescribed fire will lessen the danger to neighborhoods surrounding the park. This practice has already been completed successfully at Halyburton Park and other local areas.
This burn also is designed to stimulate ecological growth in the burned areas. The burn will open the ground to sunlight, which will stimulate growth of many plant species that provide food and shelter for wildlife.