Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

March 2, 2009

Successful Prescribed Fire Season in Eastern NC

"We've had a great prescribed fire season so far, but we hope we're not finished just yet!" District Fire Management Officer Tom Crews described the efforts this season for prescribed burning on national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina. To date, refuge fire crews have successfully completed 22 prescribed fires for a total of 14,393 acres on six national wildlife refuges. These burns have occurred on Alligator River, Pocosin Lakes, Mackay Island, Currituck, and Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuges. "We're hoping to get a burn in at Cedar Island and maybe a few other smaller burns- before the burn window closes or the money runs out," Crews added.

Aerial view of a prescribed fire
Aerial view of prescribed fire as it progresses across the marsh on the North Stumpy Point Compartment on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo Credit: FWS, Tom Crews

Aerial view of prescribed fire
In the foreground is smoke from this winter's prescribed fire on Bells Island - Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. Note flames evident in the background in some areas. Photo Credit: FWS, Tom Crews.