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Cary’s Annual Prescribed Burn is Keeping the Bluffs Fire Safe

Post Date:12/28/2018 2:38 PM

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 2019 and April 2019 weather permitting. The North Carolina Forest Service will implement and supervise the burn, which will measure 2-5 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.

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 a prescribed fire management program focusing on fuel reduction and wildfire prevention. Burns implemented in prior years were a huge success.  “Safety is our top priority, so trails will be well-signed and patrolled by natural resource managers and preserve staff as needed,” said Mark Johns Operations and Program Supervisor at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.

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 will be 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 burn can contact Mark Johns at:


Mark Johns, Operations and Program Supervisor, (919) 387-6081
Morgan Burns, Program Specialist, (919) 387-2863
Stephen McNulty, Public Information Specialist, (919) 465-4606
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240


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