Overview Use in Raleigh Parks Partnerships Know Before You Go Resources
Prescribed fire, also known as controlled burning, is the application of fire to an appropriate natural setting in a safe, responsible, and purposeful way.
Controlled burns reintroduce fire disturbance to targeted areas with the goal of restoring the ecological benefits associated with this natural process.
Use in Raleigh Parks
Raleigh Parks plans to increase the use of prescribed fire to help manage and improve habitats found in select nature preserves and parks. Raleigh Parks is committed to implementing quality land stewardship practices as we strive to protect and conserve our valuable natural resources.
Raleigh Parks will continue to partner with cooperating agencies such as N.C. Forest Service when planning and executing prescribed fire activities. Working with other government agencies and non-government organizations helps to ensure that best management practices are followed and encourages the sharing of information and resources needed to conduct controlled burns.
Many of our partners regularly use prescribed fire to manage the lands for which they are responsible, and their expertise will help guarantee that Raleigh Parks conducts controlled burns in a safe and effective manner.
Raleigh Parks will coordinate prescribed fire plans with the Raleigh Fire Department and Raleigh Police Department.
Know Before You Go
Before A Burn
Raleigh Parks will inform the public about upcoming prescribed fire activities in multiple ways:
- Signs with information placed in the parks and nature preserves where controlled burns are planned
- Alerts will be posted on Parks Alerts with information that will be shared on Raleigh Parks social media channels
- Email notifications will be sent with information. Sign up to receive email notifications of prescribed burns here.
- Any temporary closures or detours to trails and greenways caused by prescribed burns will be posted on Greenway Alerts and on-site signs.
During A Burn
- Please be aware that fire management staff will be active on site.
- Some trails and greenways may be temporarily closed. Find more information on Greenway Alerts.
- Smoke will be concentrated in the areas closest to the burn and will dissipate quickly. Smoke may temporarily create poor air quality conditions that could be challenging for those with asthma or other respiratory issues. It is recommended that visitors keep a safe distance from burn operations.
- Park staff are aware of the fire and smoke. Please do not contact emergency services to report these issues.
After A Burn
- Trails and greenways will reopen quickly.
- Recently burned sites will appear charred and blackened. But don’t worry, the vegetation will recover quickly and in a healthier condition due to fire management efforts.