National Park Service has announced that its fire management staff,
will conduct a prescribed burning on section of Bodie Island in the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore between Feb. 1 and March 30, weather
and conditions permitting.
January 28, 2015
Park Service plans burning of
vegetation on Bodie Island
The burns, which are part of the
Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, will consist of approximately
500 acres located east of Highway 12, from Whalebone Junction
south to Old Oregon Inlet Road, and a 400-acre section west of Highway
12 from Whalebone Junction south to areas that were burned by the
seashore staff in 2014.
A primary goal of the planned burning
is hazardous fuel reduction, which reduces the threat of damaging
wildfire to the 256 houses adjacent and bordering this section of the
national seashore boundary. In addition, the fuel reduction will
facilitate restoration of vegetative communities in migratory waterfowl
and marsh areas to historically accurate patterns.
order to safely accomplish the burn, firebreaks around the burn unit
will require improvements that effectively reduce the amount of
vegetative fuels adjacent to the fire break. All of these breaks will
be constructed utilizing a combination of lightweight mowers and hand
tools. Ignition will be accomplished utilizing U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service specialty tracked equipment from the Alligator River
National Wildlife Refuge and drip torches.
The actual ignition
operations will not exceed a three-day period. Public safety is
the highest priority during all wildland fire operations. Highway
12 will be closed during active fire ignition and when smoke may cause
low visibility conditions for motorists. Traffic will be
re-routed via Old Oregon Inlet Road during road closures on Highway 12.
For more information, call 252-473-2111 or 252-475-9034.