Wilmington plans controlled burn for Halyburton Park

Reported by Tim Pulliam - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The city of Wilmington is preparing to hold another controlled burn in Halyburton Park.  Before that happens in 2010, the city will host a public hearing to discuss the project.

The hearing will take place December 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the park.

When a controlled burn took place earlier this year, residents were fearful it might get out of control.  But this time, residents are okay with the plans because the first burn was successful.

Recreation supervisor Andy Fairbanks said they've seen improvements since the last burn.  Several new plants have started to grow.

According to Fairbanks, the burn is necessary so plants and trees grow properly, reducing the risk of wildfire.

The burn will take place when the weather conditions are considered favorable and fewer people are visiting the park.  That date will be determined by the weather forecasts as we get closer to January.  The plan is to burn between 15 and 20 acres.

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