The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in February when conditions are suitable, according to Park Superintendent Shederick Mole.
The burn will be conducted in cooperation with the N.C. Forest Service at the Vista Point access on a date to be determined. A 155-acre area will be affected from near the public entrance to the RV campsites and shoreline. The public will not be allowed to enter this area during the burn event.
Prescribed burns are used as a resource management tool by the state parks system. Some plant communities and animal species rely on periodic fire for their existence. The prescribed burn also will reduce the amount of potential wildfire fuel. The prescribed burn will help protect the park’s resources and neighboring landowners if lightning, arson or carelessness sparks a wildfire.
In order to minimize smoke and assure the fire is controlled, the low-intensity, prescribed burn will only be carried out under strictly defined weather conditions of a fire management plan. On the selected day, the burn will begin in the late morning and will likely end by mid-afternoon.
On the day when the fire is to begin, an alert will be posted on the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area page of the division’s website. For further information, call the park office at (919) 362-0586.