Cloud Cover Helps Clear Granville County Brush Fire
Posted October 28, 2001 8:12 a.m. EST
GRANVILLE COUNTY, N.C. — Gusty winds and dry conditions made it difficult to extinguish a 400-acre brush fire in Granville County, but Saturday night, firefighters were finally able to leave the scene as cloud cover cleared the blaze.
North Carolina Forest Service
says that the brush fires, located just north of Oxford, are 100 percent contained and officials hope to finish the clean-up work on Sunday.
Officials estimate that the blaze has burned over 400 acres since Thursday afternoon. Firefighters say that wind gusts up to 28 miles per hour hampered their efforts.
From the air, firefighters used a CL-215 Super Scooper to douse flames. About 50 firefighters were taking turns fighting the fire on the ground.
Other crews waited nearby to make sure the fire did not move to the east, where it could have threatened about 20 homes.
At one point, six different fire departments were working to put out the blaze. Residents were evacuated Thursday, then returned to their homes Friday.
Offiicals are urging residents to be careful when burning items outdoors.
"It is a dry period right now. Preferably, do not do any burning unless you have to. If you do have to in the late evening hours, then stay with your fire at all times," Clarke said.
Officials were working out of a command post at nearby Oak Hill Elementary School. There is no word on how the fire started.