Lake James State Park will be conducting a prescribed burn today of approximately 550 acres on the Long Arm Peninsula. The burn will be a joint effort between NC State Parks and the NC Forest Service. Aerial ignition will be used and the plan is to burn into the lake, which is the safest fire line we can have. The burn objectives include fuel/hazard reduction in the event of a catastrophic wildfire as well as habitat restoration and hardwood regeneration.
After the historic fires this past fall/winter and the ongoing drought, we need to burn when the weather allows to avoid wildfires in general. Today’s weather forecast is well within the parameters outlined in the burn plan for this unit with a high probability of rain predicted to move in tomorrow.
We realize there may be extra concern due to the White Creek Fire burning in the Linville Gorge Wilderness, and this was taken into consideration before the decision to burn was made. According to NC Forest Service officials the NCFS resources that were assigned to the wildfire have been released, with the exception of a plans chief. The fire was primarily on National Forest so the NCFS had limited role in the suppression efforts.”
The NC Forest Service advises that residents in Burke and Caldwell Counties may see and smell smoke from the prescribed burn today.