Bodie Island Prescribed Burn Continues Today
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Weather permitting, a second phase of the prescribed burn planned for the Bodie Island District of Cape Hatteras National Seashore will begin today, Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The second burn unit consist of approximately 662 acres and is located west of NC Highway 12, extends north of Bodie Island Lighthouse access road to south of the Navy Tower access road. Park visitors and neighboring communities will see smoke visible in this region of the park. During the operation, for public safety, both secondary access roads will be closed and NC Highway 12 will be signed for low visibility if necessary.
As part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan the burn will reduce fuel loading in the area as well as restore vegetative communities. For more information, call 252-473-2111, ext. 155.
Did You Know?
When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.