May 2, 2016
Mainland wildfire is now 100 percent contained



The Whipping Creek Road fire, which has been burning since April 18 on the Dare and Hyde county mainland, was officially declared contained over the weekend.

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news release, this means the perimeter of the fire is cold, and there is a high confidence that the fire will remain where it is until it goes out completely.

On Saturday, the Whipping Creek Road Fire was delegated back to the home units for monitoring.  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge staff will be responsible for any activity on refuge land, and the North Carolina Forest Service will be responsible for any activity off refuge land.

Final acreage for the fire was 15,453.  Of that total, 7692 acres ( 50 percent) was on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge,  821 acres ( 5 percent) was on the Dare Bombing  Range (Department of Defense),  and 6,940 acres (45 percent) was on state and private land under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Forest Service.

At 5p.m. on Friday, only 29 people remained assigned to the Whipping Creek Road fire with the expectation that demobilization would be complete some time on Saturday.




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