A prescribed burn is scheduled to take place at Halyburton Park on Thursday, February 5. Halyburton Park is located at 4099 S. 17th Street in Wilmington.
Halyburton Park will be closed most of the day on February 5 and will not accessible to the public.
A prescribed burn is fire:
- Applied in a planned and skillful manner
- Under specific weather conditions
- Confined to a predetermined area
- To achieve certain objectives
Approximately 13 acres at the park will be burned. With a prescribed burn, fire is reintroduced to a fire dependant ecosystem under specific weather conditions. These conditions include time of year, wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture. The North Carolina Forest Service has indicated that the weather forecast for Thursday, February 5 meets the necessary criteria.
NOTE: The prescribed burn will not take place on February 5 if weather conditions change. These conditions will be closely monitored and evaluated on site.
The burn will be conducted by the N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) and the Wilmington Fire Department. A NCFS burn crew with wildland fire fighting equipment and personnel from the Wilmington Fire Department will be on site at all times.
The benefits of doing a prescribed burn include:
- Reduction of the risk of wildfire in the park
- Promotion of Long Leaf Pine and Wiregrass, species that need fire to survive
- Restoration of a natural element of the Long Leaf Pine ecosystem
- Improvement of habitat for wildlife
Click here to view some frequently asked questions related to the prescribed burn.
For more information, please contact Halyburton Park staff at 341-0076 or TTY Relay 711. Visit www.halyburtonpark.com for additional information about the prescribed burn.