New Bern
73° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
68° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
72° F

Weather cancels Croatan prescribed burn

By Christy Andrews
Published On: Mar 16 2013 08:43:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 16 2013 08:43:46 AM CDT

A planned burn scheduled Saturday for part of the Croatan National Forest is cancelled because of weather conditions.

James Cherry, district fire management officer, said the windy conditions are not desirable for a prescribed burn.

The prescribed burn was scheduled to take place off Highway 24 and Pringle road in Carteret County. The location is near a wildfire that broke out earlier this week. That wildfire is 100% contained as of Tuesday, but Cherry said crews are still monitoring some hot spots in the area.

Cherry said the prescribed burn may be rescheduled for Sunday, if weather permits.

According to the Forest Service, the controlled burn would reduce the amount of fuel on the forest floor and help prevent wildfires.