Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 39
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC 27950

Contact: Mike Hoff 252-429-3100

News Release

February 5, 2013

Prescribed Burn Planned for Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn Thursday, February 7 on 103 acres of the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.  The burn will take place in the grass fields by the refuge maintenance shop near Knotts Island, NC.

The prescribed burn will reduce the amount of fuel in the fields, reducing risks to nearby communities and federal facilities.  It will also improve habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife by promoting the native grasses in these fields.

Public safety is always the highest priority during a prescribed burn. Mackay Island Road, normally open this time of year will be closed during the prescribed burn. The office/visitor center road will remain open for public access.

The refuge plans to conduct more prescribed burns through early spring, as conditions allow.  Many of the remaining burns will be in marsh areas to reduce fuels that contribute to fast-moving wildfires and to open up feeding areas for the wintering snow geese.

For more information about prescribed burning on the refuge, contact Refuge Manager Mike Hoff,, or Wildland Urban Interface Specialist Kelley Van Druten,

A firefighter ignites the grass field behind a government residence at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in 2009. Photo Credit: USFWS