Orton Plantation to conduct controlled burning of 634 acres today

Orton Plantation to conduct controlled burning of 634 acres today
Residents in northern Brunswick County and southern New Hanover County may see smoke in the area Thursday as Orton Plantation conducts a controlled burn.

WINNABOW, NC (WECT) - Residents in northern Brunswick County and southern New Hanover County may see smoke in the area Thursday as Orton Plantation conducts a controlled burn.

Crews will burn about 634 acres as part of Orton Plantation’s annual management plan to “improve forest health and restore its longleaf pine habitat.”

“Strict criteria such as optimal weather has been considered for today’s burn, in accordance with an approved plan that ensures the safety of people and property in the area,” a news release stated. “Orton Plantation has experienced local fire and safety professionals on site at all times.”

Orton Plantation will not accept visitors to the property during Thursday’s prescribed burn.

The plantation’s controlled burning season runs from March 1 to May 1.

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