CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A controlled fire burned throughout the day Friday in North Carolina.
Smoke could be seen in the skies over Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Currituck County dispatchers told WAVY.com the controlled burn had been going on since 9 a.m. Friday.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, another prescribed burn is scheduled for Saturday at the Croatan National Forest. The burn will take place of Highway 70 in Carteret County.
The goal of the Croatan National Forest burn is to reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor and prevent wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Resources, more information about controlled burns:
- North Carolina Prescribed Burning Act: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/wq/lpn/statutes/nc/prescribedburning.htm
- USDA Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/
- North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council: https://www.facebook.com/ncpfc