By Outer Banks Voice on March 4, 2021
The N.C. Forest Service plans to conduct a 700-acre prescribed burn on Friday, March 5 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. This prescribed burn is one of many planned for this area during 2021.
Prescribed fire is the planned use of fire under predetermined weather and fuel parameters to obtain specific management objectives. Many of our forest ecosystems require fire to remain healthy and thrive. This is a critical management tool that benefits forests and wildlife and helps reduce the impact of wildfire hazards in North Carolina. With 13.5 million acres, North Carolina leads the nation in wildland urban interface, which is where human development meets undeveloped wildland, forest or vegetative fuels.
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.