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McDowell County Emergency Management
Monday April 11th, 2022 :: 03:30 p.m. EDT


A reminder of a 2,700-acre Control Burn that is currently underway in the Curtis Creek/Blue Ridge Parkway area of McD

U.S. Forest Service - National Forests in North Carolina

BURN ALERT: There are two prescribed burns planned on the Pisgah National Forest's Grandfather and Appalachian Ranger Districts on April 11th and 12th. A 2,700-acre prescribed burn is planned along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Curtis Creek Road in the Grandfather Ranger District, while a 189-acre burn is planned for Victor Road in the Appalachian Ranger District. Smoke impacts, area roadway closures, and detours/delays are anticipated. Impacted roadways and potential closures include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Victor Rd, Curtis Creek Rd, and Neals Creek Rd. The dispersed campsites on Victor Road will be closed and public access to the area will be restricted. Visitors are asked to plan their visits and travel routes accordingly to avoid burn operations.
All prescribed burns are thoroughly planned and analyzed by a team of specialists to ensure that wildlife, fisheries, rare plants, and historic sites are not harmed. Habitats for a variety of wildlife species can be improved through carefully planned and executed prescribed burns. Regular burns promote the growth of plants that provide food for wildlife including important game animals such as deer and wild turkey. Prescribed burning is an important and versatile forest management tool that can mimic natural fire disturbances and reduce underbrush and flammable vegetation, which is key to limiting wildfire risk.

McDowell County Emergency Management
41 S Garden St
Marion, NC 28752

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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