National Park Service (NPS)

NPS to hold wildfire risks educational meetings

A wild fire on the Hyde-Dare County border in April 2016. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The National Park Service has scheduled several public information sessions this month aimed at educating the local communities on the risks of wildfires.

The session on Ocracoke will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Community Center.
At these sessions, the National Park Service (NPS), North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Coastal Reserve, and the Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss:

  • Risks of wildfires
  • Steps to prevent or minimize damages from wildfires
  • Advantages of maintaining fire boundaries
  • How fire boundaries are created
  • Information on becoming a “Firewise” community

Staff from each agency, including National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac, will be available to answer questions and address any concerns.

Meeting locations elsewhere and dates are as follows:

  • Dare County Administration Building, room #238 (954 Marshall Collins Dr, Manteo) Wednesday April 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Nags Head Town Hall, community meeting room (5401 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head) Thursday April 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cape Hatteras Secondary School (48576 Hwy 12, Buxton)
    Monday April 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, training room (1634 N. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills) Thursday April 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The sessions are being conducted in areas where NPS has a boundary with the local community.