A prescribed burn took place on Friday, February 1 at Halyburton Park.
Approximately 15 acres at the park were burned. The NC Forest Service were pleased with results. The park is scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m.
Prescribed burns are planned fires that burn undergrowth in a controlled manner to minimize the risk of wild fires. While removing undergrowth, the prescribed burn will make it easier for native plant species such as the Long Leaf Pine and Wiregrass to grow and also improve the habitat in the park for wildlife. Prescribed fires generally take place at certain times of the year in specific weather conditions.
This was the third prescribed burn at Halyburton. Previous burns took place in February 2009 and February 2010. The burn was conducted by the N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) and the Wilmington Fire Department (WFD). A NCFS burn crew with wildland fire fighting equipment and personnel from the WFD was on site at all times.
For more information, contact Halyburton Park staff at 341-0075.