Prescribed burns planned on the Pisgah Ranger District

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Prescribed burns planned on the Pisgah Ranger District to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health

The U.S. Forest Service is planning five prescribed burns on the Pisgah Ranger District in the coming months to reduce the risk of wildfires. The low- to medium-intensity burns also create healthier, more diverse, and more resilient forests that can better support wildlife.

CountyBurn UnitSize (acres)
Haywood
Balds550
HaywoodSams Knob200
Transylvania and HendersonPink Beds2000
TransylvaniaBear Pen1500
BuncombeBent Creek117

The dates for the burns and the actual number of units burned will depend upon weather conditions. Burning days are changeable because the proper conditions are needed; wind and relative humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety, and smoke control. Prescribed burning will only occur when environmental conditions permit. During the burns, proper personnel and equipment will be on-site and some roads and trails may be closed to ensure safety.

All prescribed burns are thoroughly planned and analyzed by a team of specialists to ensure that wildlife, fisheries, rare plants, and historic sites are not harmed. Habitat for a variety of wildlife can be improved through carefully-planned and executed prescribed burns. Regular burns promote the growth of plants that provide food for wildlife including important game animals such as deer and turkey.

Prescribed burning is an important and versatile forest management tool that can mimic natural fire disturbances and reduce underbrush and flammable vegetation, which is key to limiting wildfire growth.
For more information contact the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265.

Photo: Controlled burn from Getty Images

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