The Mecklenburg County Natural Resources staff has just announced that they will be setting the Latta Nature Preserve on fire today at noon as part of a controlled burn.
The county sent out an alert noting that smoke will be seen around North Charlotte today between 12pm and 3pm. To reduce smoke exposure, stay indoors or avoid areas of heavy smoke.
The county’s controlled burns have increased in frequency over the past few years as the result of increased wildfires around the world.
According to Mecklenburg County, “land managers use controlled burns (also known as prescribed fire) to mimic the natural disturbance caused by the natural fires of years ago. These fires are carefully planned and conducted under specific weather conditions to achieve specific goals. In this way fire can safely be used as a management tool.”