By Sam Walker on March 3, 2014
Late winter and early spring are traditionally when marshes on public and private lands are torched under controlled conditions.
The fires help clear out fuel that could cause uncontrolled wildfires, and is beneficial to the health and growth of new wild grasses.
A massive smoke plume could be seen for miles in Currituck on Friday from a controlled burn at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Fires are planned in the coming weeks in Nags Head Woods and on Bodie Island in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.