Prescribed burns coming on game lands

North Carolina residents could start to see smoke over the coming weeks as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conducts prescribed burns on its game lands. 

The Wildlife Commission’s burn season typically runs January through March, though some burns are also conducted in the spring and summer. Burns are conducted on cool days with moisture in the air and minimal wind, allowing for control of the flames. 

Prescribed burns are intentional vegetation burns intended to restore and maintain wildlife habitat, spurring the growth of native plants that provide abundant food for a variety of species. Many of North Carolina’s declining or rare species are found only in fire-dependent habitat. Burns also help reduce the amount of leaf litter and pine straw on the forest floor, preventing deadly wildfires, and they help control disease and insects. 

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