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Park Hold First Prescribed Burn In 20 Years

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

National Park News

A two-phased prescribed burn was conducted earlier this month in the park’s Bodie Island District as part of the Outer Banks Group’s fire management plan – the first such prescribed fire in 20 years. The objective was to restore natural vegetative communities. 

The burn unit consisted of approximately 1,300 acres and was located adjacent to the famed Bodie Island Lighthouse. Park visitors and neighboring communities watched tall columns of smoke rise as marsh grasses and salt-burned trees quickly succumbed to the heat of the fire.  By the end of each day, northeast winds quickly dissipated any remaining smoke. 

In order to safely accomplish the burn, mechanical reduction of fuels was conducted to establish breaks along the access road to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Oregon Inlet and the historic Bodie Island U.S. Life Saving Service Station and around other infrastructure in the area.  

The Outer Banks Group management team extends its sincere thanks to the participating fire management personnel from the following areas who successfully planned and safely implemented the burns: 

Southeast Regional Office

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Alaska Regional Helicopter Team

Natchez National Historical Park

Natchez Trace Parkway

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