By Outer Banks Voice on January 19, 2021
The N.C. Forest Service plans to conduct a 780-acre prescribed burn Wednesday, Jan. 20, along Rte. 64, inbound to Nags Head, on marshland managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
The goals of this burn are to benefit the forest environment, improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuels in areas where homes and structures are at risk in the event of a wildfire. Regular burns promote the growth of marsh grasses, suppress woody vegetation and prevent closure of small waters holes critical for waterfowl.
Residents and others should drive carefully when in the burn area along Rte.64. During the burn, proper personnel and equipment will be on-site, and the burn area will be closed to the public to ensure safety. All prescribed burns are thoroughly planned and analyzed by a team of specialists to ensure that wildlife, fisheries, rare plants, and historic sites are not harmed.
There are multiple cooperating agencies involved in this prescribed burn including the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Dare County Emergency Management, N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. State Highway Patrol, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy.
To learn more about the benefits of prescribed fire, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/goodfire.
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