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Prescribed Burn at Hemlock Bluffs Set for Early 2020

  • The Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve sometime between January 2020 and April 2020, weather permitting.
  • The notification window of the burn may be only hours, depending on weather conditions.
  • While certain sections of select trails will close for the day of the burn, the preserve and Steven’s Nature Center will remain open and visitors are encouraged to enjoy as usual.

Cary, NC -- As part of its long-term fire management plan for Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, the Town of Cary will perform its annual prescribed burn at the preserve sometime between January 2020 and April 2020, weather permitting. The notification window of the burn may be only hours, depending on weather conditions.

“Safety is our top priority, so trails will be well-signed and patrolled by natural resource managers and preserve staff as needed,” said Mark Johns Operations and Program Supervisor at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.

The North Carolina Forest Service will implement and supervise the burn, which will measure two-four acres, about the size of a football field. Town staff will offer logistical assistance and a Town of Cary fire truck will be present on site during the burn. While certain sections of select trails will close for the day, the preserve and Steven’s Nature Center will remain open and visitors are encouraged to enjoy as usual.

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is a registered State Natural Area, and the Town of Cary is bringing the necessary resources and experts to bear on continuing a prescribed fire management program focusing on fuel reduction and wildfire prevention. Burns implemented in prior years were a huge success, promoting the growth of small trees and shrubs and improving wildlife habitats, among numerous other benefits.

Wildfires are a common threat to structures in many areas of North Carolina, especially during drought and times of high winds. Prescribed burns are a proven and safe way to reduce fuel loads in forests and other areas. Prescribed burns at Hemlock Bluffs will be supervised and implemented by trained individuals with the NC Forest Service, with logistical support from Town staff.

Citizens who wish to obtain more detailed information on the burn should contact Mark Johns at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .