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Effects of Controlled Burns at Fort Bragg Seen in Triangle

Posted June 19, 2007

— The aftereffects of controlled burns in Cumberland County are being seen in the Triangle.

On Monday, Fort Bragg officials initiated the fires at several wooded areas on post.

The smoky haze can be seen in parts of the Triangle.


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  • sprice7 Jun 19, 2007

    I thought it smelled smoky this morning when I went to get in my car in. I guess now I know why.

  • sportie Jun 19, 2007

    These are the three endangered plants on the installation: American Chaffseed, Rough-leaved Loosestrife, Michaux’s Sumac,
    Contrary to what Smokey the Bear promotes, fire plays a vital role in this system; without fire, it would cease to exist. Fire serves multiple functions: 1) reduces competition among species; 2) prepares and fertilizes a seedbed; 3) prevents spread of disease; and 4) increases seed production and germination. Longleaf pines have adapted to fire by having thick bark to protect the vital tissues inside the tree and by initially sprouting as a clump of needles that look like a tuft of grass to protect the actively growing part of the tree (apical meristem) and then quickly progressing through the sapling stage. Wiregrass is dependent on fire for reducing competition with other vegetation and produces more seeds after a burn.

    This information hopefully will answer any questions anyone has

  • sportie Jun 19, 2007

    They burn here at Bragg for two reasons. One there is a rare bush, weed that grows here in the sandhills that requires more than the regular amount of oxygen. So they burn once a year to ensure the plants stay oxygenated. Secondly, it does eliminate the underbrush. These are true facts and if you would like to learn more, if if you could access the Environmental Branch here on Bragg, It further explains

  • givemeabreak Jun 19, 2007

    I agree, a code orange day. WE all knew this was going to happen over the weekend. Why BURN?

  • Yeah I know Jun 19, 2007

    I drive thru it everyday to work. It's amazing late at night when the coals are glowing. Looks like a movie scene. I live in Fayetteville and it has never bothered me. I can see the good it does by keeping undergrowth down. Plus it helps to see the deer before they dart out.

  • wonbyone74 Jun 19, 2007

    i read the actual paper...and the one online every day and i didnt see it...maybe i missed it...on some occasions they do list it..but sometimes they dont due to they dont know what the conditions will be like...and could change at any time..could you tell me what day you saw that listed and i will go back and look..then apologize for my harsh statement..thanks

  • daMoFo Jun 19, 2007

    Control burns are listed in advance in the newspaper. What else are they supposed to do? Go door to door telling people? My property borders Bragg. They did a controlled burn last year. It was pretty cool looking out the back window into the woods and seeing a wall of flame from one horizon to the other at 2am.

  • wonbyone74 Jun 19, 2007

    these fires are actually less than a mile from my house off of reilly rd...and i thought it was snowing out due to the ashes coming down....not to mention my asthma as i went out and didnt know that they were burning till it was too late...next time warn us before you try to kill us off...i had to come back in and could not reach my destination

  • beargun Jun 19, 2007

    They take cloud height and smoke dispertion into consideration before they burn. The fire weather scales have all of this info provided to the burn boss. The burn bosses have certain criterea they have to meet before they do a burn.Check out the fire weather on the NC Forestry website.

  • Mo Jun 19, 2007

    A code orange day, and then they start a fire?! Thanks so much!