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Prescribed Fire Notice July 2022

 The forest management team at North Carolina State University carries out prescribed burns annually or biennially for research and education.  Specific weather conditions allow us to disperse the smoke in a controlled and safe manner.  We want to make you aware of the prescribed fire and to let you know that local fire departments have been contacted as well as the North Carolina Forest Service.   

Prescribed burns on Schenck Forest have been performed in the past and are a useful tool in managing the forest for multiple uses (research, recreation, wildlife, timber, aesthetics, etc.). 

Prescribed Fire Overview 

Prescribed fire is the planned use of fire under predetermined weather and fuel parameters to obtain specific management objectives; also known as “controlled” burning. Prescribed burning is a critical management tool that benefits North Carolina’s forests, wildlife and environment, and also helps reduce the impact of wildfire hazards. Prescribed fire is especially important in North Carolina due to the large amount of land lying in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI).  

The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is the area where structures and other human 

development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland, forest or vegetative fuels. North Carolina has more WUI acres than any other state in the country and our growth increases this acreage every year. 

The N.C. General Assembly recognized the importance of prescribed burning in the N.C. Prescribed Burning Act (GS 113-60). 

For More Information


If you have any questions or concerns about prescribed fire please contact: 

  • Elizabeth Snider ( – Forest Manager, NC State
  • Robert Mickler ( – Burn Boss, NC State
  • Dr. Joseph Roise ( Professor of Forestry, NC State; Southern Fire Exchange