The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The agency will conduct the 150-acre burn off of Back Irish Creek Rd., about two miles from the Table Rock Fish Hatchery in Burke County. The objective of the burn is to prepare the ground for shortleaf pine planting in the early spring as part of the Roses Creek Environmental Assessment.
The Forest Service is conducting the one-day burn as part of the Grandfather Restoration Project, a 10-year project designed to restore 40,000 acres of the Grandfather Ranger District. The project is restoring fire-adapted ecosystems by enhancing conditions for a variety of native plants and wildlife, controlling non-native species and protecting hemlocks against hemlock woolly adelgids.
The safety of the public and firefighters is the highest priority during a prescribed burn.
The public is asked to heed signs posted at trailheads and roads and to stay away from burn areas and closed roads and trails.
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