Burn season underway, Orton Plantation burning 175 acres Thursday
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you see a lot of smoke in the air in Brunswick County, it could be coming from Orton Plantation.
They are burning 175 acres today as part of its management plan to improve the health of the forest and restore the longleaf pine habitat.
Orton Plantation’s burn season runs between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres.
Orton says the burn is overseen by the Orton Property Manager, a state-certified controlled burner, who coordinates with the NC Forest Serfvice, the NC Department o Air Quality, and Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments.
Orton says although there is a two month burn window, burning will only take place for around 14 days.
Residents in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and those along Highway 133 may see or smell smoke.
People should contact the NC Forest Service with concerns at (919) 857-4801.
Orton says prescribed burns benefit the longleaf pine ecosystem by controlling invasive species and encouraging new plant growth. It also reduces the possibility of wildfire by reducing brush and anything else that could accumulate and become fuel for a fire.