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Cary Announces Annual Prescribed Burn at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Post Date:12/30/2016 2:21 PM

 CARY, NC - As part of its long-term fire management plan for Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, between January and end-April 2017 the Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at the Preserve. Weather permitting, the North Carolina Forest Service or North Carolina State Parks will implement and supervise the burn, which will measure two to three acres. Town staff will provide logistical assistance and a Town fire truck will be on site during the burn.

Because of stringent weather condition requirements for a prescribed burn, the burn notification window may be only hours. The burn itself will be over in minutes. Citizens who wish to receive more details on the timeframe of the burn can sign up to receive updates at

While certain sections of select trails will close for the day, the Preserve and Steven’s Nature Center will remain open and visitors are encouraged to enjoy as usual; trails will be well-signed and natural resource managers and preserve staff will patrol as needed.  

Wildfires are a common threat to structures in many areas of North Carolina, especially during drought and times of high winds, and prescribed burns are a proven and safe way to clear dead vegetation and flammable underbrush that can serve as fuel for wildfires.

For more information, search “What’s New at Hemlock” at or call (919) 387-5980.





Mark Johns, Operations and Program Supervisor, (919) 387-5980
Marie Maguire, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240



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