Fire Season Begins!

Smoke settling across the savanna

Smoke settling across the savanna; Meyers 3 burn.

Happy New Year!  It’s been a while since my last post, the holidays and vacation being reason for my slacking, but rest assured 2013 will be full of exciting news from the Southeast Coastal Plain, starting with FIRE SEASON!

Angie Carl getting ready to start the first burn of the 2013 season.

Angie Carl getting ready to start the first burn of the 2013 season.

With the new year always comes the start of fire season in the Southeast Coastal Plain.  We have a new crew and they are ready to go.  Our burn priorities are set and all of our fire lines are in, all we need now is some nice burn weather and we are good to go!

Running an on site weather, you have to check the weather often when you burn.

Running an on-site weather.  You have to check the weather often when you burn.

As you know we burn our preserves because the ecosystems in the Southeast Coastal Plain are fire dependent, they need to be burned regularly to maintain their biodiversity.  We also burn our preserves to lessen the chances of a wildfire.  If we keep the fuel levels down in wooded areas it is less likely that a wildfire (from a lightning strike or a tossed cigarette) will have the damaging effects it would if fuels were high.  By burning our preserves on a regular basis we are helping lessen the chances of a wildfire.

Meyers 3 burn.

Meyers 3 burn.

So our first burn was completed on 1/14 in our Green Swamp preserve.  It was a 202 acre unit we call Meyers 3 (not a very exciting name, we know) and it burned very well.  We have to thank the North Carolina State Parks fire crew for helping us out with this one, and we look forward to partnering with them on more burns this season.  You can follow where we burn for all of the 2013 season on this Google Map.

Thanks to the North Carolina State Parks fire crew for helping out on our first birn of the season.

Thanks to the North Carolina State Parks fire crew for helping out on our first burn of the season.

The start of burn season also means something else…Fire in the Lakes!!  The Fire in the Lakes Festival is scheduled for March 23rd and it is going to be a good one!  Along with all of the usual stuff; kids games, bouncy castles, live music, demonstration controlled burn, raffle, food, etc…we are also hosting the Flytrap 5K!  This will be a 5K trail run through the Boiling Spring Lakes Nature Preserve and there will also be a 1 mile fun run for walkers and kids.  All proceeds will go to the Fire in the Lakes Festival to promote awareness about controlled burning and wildfire.  For more race details about the Flytrap 5K and to register click here.  For more details about the Fire in the Lakes Festival check the website and don’t forget to like Fire in the Lakes on Facebook!

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Here’s to the start of a busy 2013 in the Southeast Coastal Plain!

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About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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