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Crews continue to battle N.C. wildfire

Posted June 9, 2008

— Fire crews on Monday continued building containment lines around a massive wildfire burning in a sparsely inhabited rural area of eastern North Carolina.

North Carolina Division of Forestry spokesman Bill Swartley said plans for firefighters also include pumping water onto smoldering peat fires burning in the ground.

The fire has grown to 32,556 acres – more than 50 square miles – since it was sparked by lightning a week ago. The fire was 40 percent contained Sunday night. No one has been injured.

Crews from Orange County were dispatched to aid in the firefighting effort. Officials want the crews to spend four to five days helping build containment lines.

Officials said the firefighting has cost just over $1 million. More firefighters were expected to arrive to help the 250 personnel already assigned to the fire.


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  • wigwag Jun 9, 2008

    Thanks Scrubatwilmed - One of those is my husband. He is a paid at Wake Forest and a volunteer in our community. He went with some of the other volunteers and they took a tanker truck.

    God bless all of the 250+ men that are helping. It is going to be a LONG time before it is completely put out. Will prob. smolder all summer long.

  • Scrubatwilmed Jun 9, 2008

    I know of a couple of Wake Forest firefighters that left Sunday to aid in the efforts. Please keep them and their family in your prayers.

  • JQ Public Jun 9, 2008

    My Heart goes out to these brave men and women on the fireline. Keep in mind many are volunteers. Others are employees of the State and do not get overtime. God Bless them all. Support Your Local Volunteer Fire Department!

  • Arkansas Razorback Jun 9, 2008

    Bless their hearts. It must be hotter than haides being 100 degrees with a fire burning out of control. Kudos to the fire fighters.

  • pls qt whining Jun 9, 2008

    Praises to our Forestry Fire Fighters for working so hard under these extreme conditions to help contain this fire. They do so much, work so hard during these times, yet recognition rarely comes their way. GO #7!