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Prescribed burn today at Halyburton Park


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington has scheduled a prescribed burn today at Halyburton Park on S. 17th Street. Crews will burn approximately 30 acres at the park.

The park will be closed to the public during the burn.

This will be the third prescribed burn at Halyburton. The burn will be conducted by the NC Forest Service and the Wilmington Fire Department (WFD). Personnel from NCFS and the WFD will be on site at all times.

Prescribed burns are planned fires that burn undergrowth in a controlled manner to minimize the risk of wild fires. While removing undergrowth, the prescribed burn will make it easier for native plant species such as the Long Leaf Pine and Wiregrass to grow and also improve the habitat in the park for wildlife. Prescribed fires generally take place at certain times of the year in specific weather conditions.

For more information, contact Halyburton Park staff at (910) 341-0075 or visit

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Sure it's really, really windy today but ...

... if they don't do it on the day that they scheduled it for it'll have to be done on another day that wasn't the originally scheduled day. That'll mean redoing all of the official paperwork, then duplicating the paperwork, triplicating the duplicates and then destroying the originals so that everyone is treated politically correctly by just getting a copy instead of an original. If this isn't done exactly in the prescribed official way it would also have to be considered an "unofficial burn" and then they'd have to do it again to make it "official", not to mention having to justify the additional resources expended on the burn that wasn't actually the "official" one to the accounting department.

If more people just took the time to try to understand this, they wouldn't be making all of these silly comments about a little wind.

Oh ... One more thing ... These fires never get out of control on windy days like these and I know that for a fact because I read it on the internet!

They will be using fire that

They will be using fire that is wind resistant!
Stay Tuned @ 6:00 PM!

in this wind???!! are they

in this wind???!! are they crazy?

Gusty winds on Friday and

Gusty winds on Friday and they want to start a fire? What part of this seems like a good idea?

Nah, it'll be fine. It's

Nah, it'll be fine. It's only a 30 acre burn, no biggie.

It only...

It only takes a spark. Bad idea.