in longleaf pine forest
Controlled burn in longleaf pine forest © Angie Carl

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Fire in the Pines Festival

North Carolina

Fire in the Pines is an educational festival dedicated to raise awareness about controlled burning in North Carolina. 

Without controlled burning, our longleaf pine forests would disappear. So too would red-cockaded woodpeckers, Venus flytraps and a host of other carnivorous and rare plants that need fire to thrive. The importance of controlled burning is cause for a festival at Halyburton Park in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Highlights of the festival include a controlled burn, a chance to see how burns are conducted and learn more about their importance to the ecosystem. Fire equipment will be on display and Smoky Bear is scheduled to be a special guest. Games, food, live music, animals, raffles and face painting are also on the day’s agenda.

Fire once occurred naturally and regularly across North Carolina. Low-intensity fires burned every few years fueled by grass, leaves, pine straw, and other forest debris. They kept the forest open, allowing sunlight to penetrate to its floor and reducing buildup of dangerous fuel loads. Fire suppression altered the landscape, allowing fuels to accumulate and putting people and communities in jeopardy. Without fire, many native plants and animals would disappear and the safety of southeastern North Carolina communities would be jeopardized.

Please join us for this family-friendly and free event on October 12, 2019, at Halyburton Park in Wilmington. Festivities will take place from 10AM to 3PM.

controlled burning demonstration