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Prescribed Burn Planned to Keep Cary’s Bluffs Fire Safe

Post Date:01/09/2018 9:24 AM
  • The Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve sometime between January and April, weather permitting.
  • The North Carolina Forest Service will implement and supervise the burn.
  • The notification window of the burn may be only hours; citizens who wish to obtain more detailed information on the time frame should email Hemlocks@townofcary.org.

Cary, NC – As part of its long-term fire management plan for Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, the Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at the bluffs sometime between January and April, weather permitting. The North Carolina Forest Service will implement and supervise the burn, which will measure two-to-five acres or the size of a football field. Town staff will offer logistical assistance and a Town of Cary fire truck will be present on site during the burn. While certain sections of select trails will close for the day, the preserve and Steven’s Nature Center will remain open and visitors are encouraged to enjoy as usual.

“Safety is our top priority, so trails will be well-signed and patrolled by natural resource managers and preserve staff as needed during the burn,” said Mark Johns, operations and program supervisor at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is a registered State Natural Area, and the Town of Cary is bringing the necessary resources and experts to bear on continuing its prescribed fire management program focusing on fuel reduction and wildfire prevention. Burns implemented in prior years were a huge success.

Wildfires are a common threat to structures in many areas of North Carolina, especially during drought and times of high winds. Prescribed burns are a proven and safe way to reduce fuel loads in forests and other areas. Prescribed burns at Hemlock Bluffs are supervised and implemented by trained individuals with the NC Forest Service, with logistical support from Town staff.

The notification window of the burn may be only hours, depending on weather conditions. Citizens who wish to obtain more detailed information on the timeframe of the burn should email Hemlocks@townofcary.org.

For more information, visit www.townofcary.org/hemlockbluffs or call (919) 387-5980. To sign up to receive updates and text alerts, visit www.townofcary.org/email and follow the Town on Twitter @TOC_Fun and on Instagram @EnjoyCary.

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Mark Johns, Operations and Program Supervisor, (919) 387-6081
Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240 

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