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 20, 2013

Marsh Prescribed Burn Planned for Thursday on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

If environmental conditions occur as predicted, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge staff will conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow, Thursday, March 21, 2013, on the marshes between Spencer's Creek and Callahan's Creek on the southeast side of US Highways 64 and 264 near Manns Harbor, North Carolina.

Wind is forecast to be from the northwest, which should push smoke onto the sound and away from highways. They plan to start the burn at approximately 10:00am. All burning operations should be completed before 4:00pm.

Though the primary purpose for the burn is to reduce fuel levels, thus providing increased protection from wildfires, nutrient recycling and setting back plant succession are also benefits of prescribed fire.

If the area burns well and remains within established boundaries, total involvement will be under 2,000 acres. Fuel breaks were laid today to prevent the fire from moving into wooded areas.

For questions or more information, contact 252-473-1132 X 230 or email bonnie_strawser@fws.gov.