Parks in eastern N.C. take steps to prevent potential wildfires

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – While fires rage in Gatlinburg, park rangers at several state parks in eastern North Carolina are taking preventative steps to reduce the risk of a massive wildfire.

At Goose Creek State Park, small controlled fires are purposely set in the woods every few years. These prescription fires can actually slow down the progression of a wildfire if one were to break out.

“You want to reduce the amount of fuel in here that could prevent a catastrophic fire,” said Joe Martin, a Goose Creek State Park ranger. “When we do a prescribed fire, they’re relatively controlled and low-intensity.”

Eastern North Carolina is not experiencing the same level of drought as the west, which often fuels these fires.

There are step you can take to prevent a fire from damaging your home.

Clean off any leaves or debris from your roof, remove brush and put dirt or gravel around your property.

On Saturday, Goose Creek State Park is hosting a forestry festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where you can learn more about wildfires and how to prevent burns.

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