Prescribed Burn at Cane Creek Mitigation Tract: April or Early May 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018 12:42:00 PM

Public Meeting about the Burn: Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Maple View Agricultural Education Center, 3501 Dairyland Road

The North Carolina Forest Service will be conducting a prescribed burn on a 24-acre section of OWASA’s Cane Creek Mitigation Tract located at the end of Martin Road, south of the intersection of Mount Willing Road and Buckhorn Road.  You may see smoke at times on the day of the burn.

This prescribed burn has been carefully planned; and will be used as a management tool to maintain and restore oak to a hardwood area on the site.  This burn will also benefit wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Prescribed burns are conducted under closely monitored and predicted weather conditions by crews trained in fire behavior.  Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of the public, and the prescribed burn will take place on a date and time where proper weather conditions exist and the burn will minimize smoke impacts to nearby landowners.  Although some smoke may be present during and after the burn, it should quickly subside and be almost unnoticeable on the evening after the burn.

Directly adjacent landowners will be notified the day prior to the burn by mailbox hangers; anyone who would like to receive an email notification of the burn may sign up at, you may send a request to   “Smoke” signs will be posted on affected main thoroughfare roads the morning of the burn.  Caution should of course be taken when driving through the smoke and/or fog if you will be travelling while the burn is taking place.

The prescribed burn will most likely be conducted on a weekday during normal working hours keeping the population affected down to a minimum. 

More information about the prescribed burn will be provided at a public meeting on Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Maple View Agricultural Education Center located at 3501 Dairyland Road.  In addition, frequently asked questions about the burn are located at

If you have any questions about the burn, please contact the NC Forest Service office at 919-732-8152 or email Chris Hirni at  Questions about OWASA’s Mitigation Tract can be directed to Ruth Rouse at 919-537-4214 or at