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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS Announces Prescribed Burn Planned on Bodie Island

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Date: January 11, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9000

Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that between January 31 and February 16, 2013, weather and conditions permitting, National Park Service fire management staff, as part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, will conduct prescribed burning on Bodie Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.The planned burn will consist of approximately 2,061 acres located west of NC Highway 12, south of the Whalebone Junction and north of the Navy Tower Access Road.

The intent of the burn is to reduce fuel loading in the area as well as to restore vegetative communities to historically accurate patterns.In order to safely accomplish the burn, some mechanical reduction of fuels will be conducted to establish breaks to the south along the access road to the Navy Tower and the powerlines on the southeast portion of the burn unit.All of these breaks will be constructed utilizing a combination of light weight, tracked mowers and hand tools.Ignition would be accomplished utilizing a combination of aerial ignition, along the sound and in the interior areas, and hand ignition along the remaining edges.

A public informational meeting regarding these projects will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of Nags Head Fire Station 16, in Nags Head, North Carolina.

For more information, call 252-475-9000.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.