Three winter dormant season burns have been conducted in February 2009, February 2010 and February 2013 burning a total of approximately 55 acres combined. Dormant season burns occur during the winter and are conducted primarily to reduce fuel levels and have minimum impact in reducing hardwood species. These burns were conducted safely and successfully while minimizing the impact to the public.
The next stage of the plan is to undertake a summer growing season burn up to 30 acres in August-September 2013. These burns are part of a comprehensive prescribed burn plan developed for the park.
Growing season burns occur in late spring and summer. These fires have a greater impact on reducing hardwood species. These burns will allow us to achieve the management goals of promoting longleaf pine and wiregrass by reducing the number of hardwood species (turkey oak and sand live oak). These burns are often referred to as ecological burns because of the increased ecological benefit provided to plant and animal species. This will also help achieve the overall goal of restoring the park to a healthy longleaf wiregrass ecosystem and will further reduce the risk of a wildfire.
About Prescribed Burns:
With a prescribed burn, fire is reintroduced to a fire dependant ecosystem through prescribed burns. The prescribed burn will take place sometime in August or September only when weather conditions are favorable. The exact date of the burn will be determined by weather conditions. The burn will be conducted by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources.
For more information, contact Halyburton Park staff at 341-0075.