Wildfires are a sad, scary occurrence, 85% of which (in the United States) are caused by humans, usually resulting from unattended campfires, debris burning, equipment use and malfunctions, cigarettes improperly discarded, and intentional acts of arson. As destructive as fires are, there are times when prescribed burns are actually needed. Ironically, they have even been found to be helpful in reducing the severity of catastrophic burns. Witnessing the effects of controlled burns is one of many interesting, unique experiences you can have at the Congaree National Park in South Carolina, one of America’s most underrated national parks!

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Visit the Congaree National Park page on the National Park Service website and the Congaree National Park Facebook page for announcements and updates on future prescribed burns.

Have you ever visited Congaree National Park during or after a prescribed burn?

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