Controlled Burns

Without controlled burning the Longleaf pines across the region would disappear. So, too, would the Red-cockaded woodpeckers, Venus flytraps and a host of other carnivorous and rare plants that need fire to thrive and survive.

Fire in the Pines Festival

The importance of controlled burning is cause for the Fire in the Pines festival each year.

Fire is an essential and natural part of the longleaf pine ecosystem.  Natural longleaf forests have an open canopy, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor and animals to navigate the forest easily.  There are many rare and endangered species of plants and animals that make their home only in longleaf forests.

Today, trained professionals conduct controlled burns to mimick the natural fire that historically moved through the landscape.  These low intensity fires reduces competition from hardwoods and other pines, so native plants can thrive while providing food and habitat for wildlife.

Fire in the Pines Festival

The importance of controlled burning is cause for the Fire in the Pines festival each year.

The highlight of the festival is a demonstration controlled burn to give festival goers the opportunity to see how burns are conducted and learn more about their importance to the ecosystem. Fire equipment (including a helicopter) will be on display and Smokey Bear is scheduled to be a special guest. Games, food trucks, live music, live animals (including a raptor show), crafts, face paintings and a scavenger hunt are also on the day’s agenda.