Wildfire on Alligator River
Refuge now under control
wildfire that may have been started yesterday by lightning is now
apparently under control on the Alligator River National Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and N.C. Forest Service personnel
responded about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of smoke in the refuge
along the shore of Croatan Sound, north of Point Peter Road and south
of Callahan's Creek.
However, firefighters were pulled from the site about 5:30 p.m. because
of continuous thunderstorm activity in the area. At that time,
the Soundside Fire was estimated to be approximately 20 acres in size.
This morning, a Unified Command was established with Fish and Wildlife
Service Incident Commander Ed Christopher and N.C. Forest Service
Incident Commander John Cook in leadership.
The incident commanders were able to walk to the fire location this
morning from the sound shore. Although there was no visible
smoke, "areas of heat" were observed.
"The rain overnight helped a lot," Christopher said. "But, there
are some areas of heat on the edges of the fire. We'll be
building line around the fire and reinforcing that line as our 'insurance policy' to make sure this fire doesn't move."
This morning, 16 personnel from the two agencies were working the
incident with two flextracks, three marshmasters, and the Forest
Service plane out of Kinston providing aerial
By early this afternoon, incident commanders reported that the all
resources had been pulled off the fire. Security lines were
placed around the area, and the Forest Service plane was scheduled to
provide a final assessment.
The fire burned over 85.3 acres, and refuge staff members will continue to monitor the site for the next several days.
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