Orton Plantation Announces Beginning of Controlled Burn Season

Orton Plantation Announces Beginning of Controlled Burn Season

By / Local News / الإثنين, 05 آذار/مارس 2018 02:25

WINNABOW, NC -  Orton Plantation in Brunswick County will begin its annual controlled burning between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres to improve forest health, restore longleaf pine habitat.

Trained experts conduct the controlled burns at Orton in close coordination with the North Carolina Forest Service, the North Carolina Department of Air Quality, the Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments and 911 services. The burn is overseen by Orton Property Manager, Dillon Epp, a state-certified controlled burner, in accordance with an approved plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area.

Although the projected burning window stated is two months long, the actual number of days the controlled burning will take place is around 14.  Strict criteria such as optimal weather determine when a permitted burn can take place.

Area residents may see or smell smoke, including residents of Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Wilmington, as well as travelers on Highway 133. Area residents should contact the North Carolina Forest Service with concerns (919-857-4801).

Prescribed fire not only benefits the longleaf pine ecosystem by controlling invasive species and encouraging new plant growth, but also mitigates the possibility of wildfire by reducing dangerous fuel loads that accumulate over the course of the year.

According to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, the role of fire throughout North Carolina's ecosystems over the last 10,000 years has been well documented. These fires were caused primarily by lightning, and fire history studies have established a long record of repeated fires of varying scale and intensity. Ecosystems that have been exposed to such fires typically exhibit high biodiversity, and many of these species are known to be dependent on fire for survival and reproduction. North Carolina is known to support a wide variety of plant and animal species that respond vigorously to fire. In fact, approximately 65% of the nearly 700 rare plant species that occur in North Carolina are known to be fire-dependent.

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