Multiple prescribed burns slated for Lake James State Park

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and the N.C. Forest Service say they plan to conduct multiple prescribed burns at Lake James State Park from mid-December through April.

Park Superintendent Nora Coffey said in a statement that the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions.

According to the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the prescribed burns will be conducted on sections totaling approximately 1,000 acres at the park's Catawba River Area and the Paddy's Creek Area. Some visitor areas and trails may be temporarily closed during the prescribed burns, and aerial ignition may be used in some instances.

A public discussion on prescribed fire at Lake James State Park will be held Friday at the Catawba River Area office.

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