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Smoke plume from controlled burn visible for miles

Posted April 3, 2013

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— A thick column of white smoke was visible for miles in the Raleigh area Wednesday afternoon, but officials say it's nothing to worry about.

The North Carolina Forest Service said a controlled burn is being done in the state park at Falls Lake, near Wake Forest.

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  • JQ Public Apr 4, 2013

    First of all it WAS NOT the NC Forest Service conducting the prescribed fires. It was the NC Wildlife Commission. Second proper notification (Public Educational Opportunity) was not implemented properly. While the smoke was annoying, controlled burning is necessary and is good land management. It reduces the likelihood of a natural forest fire, reduces populations of insects such as mosquitos and ticks, and reduces invasive plants that take over wooded areas and do not support much wildlife such as kudzu and honeysuckle. Interestingly, native Americans utilized controlled burning for centuries, not only for some of the reasons above, but also to increase their acorn yields, as acorns were a staple food for them. Last but not least, is your home/neighborhood FIREWISE? If you or your neighbor accidently started a woods fire would your property burn? It could damage your home. Do you have leaves, sticks and twigs laying around in your yard? A properly managed prescribed fire can prevent t

  • floydthebarber Apr 4, 2013

    Totally agree with sfd4304. This is what you call 'healthy land management'. We want our parks to be fun and safe, not tinderboxes ready to blow!

  • ThomasL Apr 4, 2013

    Yea right go ahead and burn off some more land for "development"all we need is some more subdivisions and shopping centers,ya know they are a lot prettier than woods and fields...

  • commonsense4 Apr 4, 2013

    No such thing as a controlled burn.Every year one gets out of hand and burns hundreds of thousands of acres. Here on the East Coast, and there have been plenty on the west coast.

    And who remembers the wildfire out west some years back where people died trying to put it out forever and what finally put it out . . . mother nature's frost.

  • vbnowlin Apr 4, 2013

    I live in Wake Forest and this usual annual procedure always provokes an asthma attack. I am really sick of it. I wish they would give advance notice so I could leave the state.

  • sfd4304 Apr 4, 2013

    While the smoke was annoying, controlled burning is necessary and is good land management. It reduces the likelihood of a natural forest fire, reduces populations of insects such as mosquitos and ticks, and reduces invasive plants that take over wooded areas and do not support much wildlife such as kudzu and honeysuckle. Interestingly, native Americans utilized controlled burning for centuries, not only for some of the reasons above, but also to increase their acorn yields, as acorns were a staple food for them.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 3, 2013

    This smoke made me sick today. Thanks a million NC Forest Service.

  • shutterbug Apr 3, 2013

    Better a burn with some control than a wild fire caused by lightening or some other reason because of built up fuel on the ground.

  • glarg Apr 3, 2013

    Just went through a hiking trail at Falls Lake and there was a recent controlled burn, much to my surprise. They did a good job- just hope it got the ticks too!

  • luvstoQ Apr 3, 2013

    I was in WF today sitting in my car at McDonalds and the ashes were coming down there and it looked and smelled very smoky. Yet, when I left WF to go home near Falls Lake I didn't see or smell smoke - go figure. I couldn't tell where it was coming from - thought it was in WF is was so strong. Doesn't seem very smart to do a controlled burn with all the wind there was.

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