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Schenck Forest prescribed fire March 1st, 2023

*Update- On March 1st, 2023, the first prescribed fire of the year 2023 was conducted very successfully in Schenck Forest. All forest users and Schenck Forest neighbours were made aware of the “tentative plan of prescribed burn” via email on February 28th, 2023.

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).

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

John Sanders ( Forest Manager, NC State

Garrett Sumner ( Forest Manager, NC State

Robert Mickler ( – Burn Boss, NC State

Dr. Joseph Roise ( Professor of Forestry, NC State; Southern Fire Exchange