Fort Fisher anticipating second controlled burn

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Working in conjunction with the NC Forest Service, Fort Fisher State Historic Site is planning to conduct another controlled burn of the site’s land-face earthworks during the week of Oct 6-10, 2014, to eradicate Yaupon, an aggressively dense shrub that chokes off other native plants that aid in erosion control. This would be the second in a series of controlled burns at the site.

Considered safer and more effective than mechanical means, the burn plan involves land west of US Highway 421. Local, state, and federal agencies will oversee the project after approving weather and safety conditions. Tours of the site will be temporarily suspended and the area around the burn will be roped off.

The controlled burn will eradicate plant-choking Yaupon and allow for the replacement of native grasses that help protect against erosion, enhance the appearance of the earthworks, and allow for nearly maintenance-free conditions following a series of annual controlled burns.

Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a combined Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, the South’s vital shipping port of Wilmington was closed and the days of the Confederacy were numbered.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com

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