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A member of the Bridge Crew watches over a fire line Wednesday in case the prescribed burn jumps the line and ignites on the other side of Kings Pinnacle in Crowders Mountain State Park in Gastonia, N.C. Park officials conducted the burn of more than 500 acres on Kings Pinnacle near the Gaston and Cleveland

county line. Decades of forest refuse such as leaf litter and downed trees can be a wildfire hazard and there are certain species of plants like bear oak that need fire to germinate, prompting the burn.

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A member of the Bridge Crew watches over a fire line Wednesday in case the prescribed burn jumps the line and ignites on the other side of Kings Pinnacle in Crowders Mountain State Park in Gastonia, N.C. Park officials conducted the burn of more than 500 acres on Kings Pinnacle near the Gaston and Cleveland

county line. Decades of forest refuse such as leaf litter and downed trees can be a wildfire hazard and there are certain species of plants like bear oak that need fire to germinate, prompting the burn.

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