A controlled burn is the focus of a festival today at a Wilmington park.
The Fire in the Pines Festival is set for this Saturday at Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a notice from the City of Wilmington. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival will focus on educating citizens about the importance of controlled burns in the geographic area of the park. Last year, more than 1,500 festival goers attended the event, according to the Fire in the Pines Festival website. Activities will include games, food, live music, live animals, educational booths and hayrides. Participants can even get a look at fire equipment, including a helicopter.
A controlled burn demonstration will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, to give festival-goers the opportunity to see how burns are conducted and to understand why they are important, the notice said. The burn is expected to have minimal impacts to area residents.
The festival is organized by the city along with The Nature Conservancy and the N.C. Forestry Association. Overflow parking and a shuttle service is available at 3147 S. 17th St., across from the Cameron Art Museum.
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