NPS Announces Prescribed Burn Planned on Bodie Island
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?
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