Wildfire in NC’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Holds Steady | Update 2

FIRE SUMMARY

Two small fires continue to burn  on the Hyde County side of the Dare / Hyde County line and NW of U.S. Highway 264 in Englehard, North Carolina.  It is said to be on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and North of the Hyde County Airport and Pamico Road.  Both have merged and become on single fire incident.

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The fire started around 1400 hours on April 18th.

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The original larger fire is said to have started on private land South of the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Forest.

COMMAND

The Incident is in an Unified Command System with North Carolina Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  They are listed as a NC Type 2 IMT.

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The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Mateo Campus of College of the Albemarle formerly known as the Mateo Middle School.

RESOURCES

64 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Changes to the number of acreage has been down to 9,000 acres to as high as 11,000 yesterday to up to 14,000.  Sources say the exact amount of acres were unknown due to the smoke hiding the front portion of the fire.

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Photo Courtesy: NC Forest Service

Sources closest to the fire say that there is a lot of farmland in between the fire and Englehard.  There are no reports of any threats to homes, businesses or structures.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

Smoke has been hindering areas on Highway 264, causing Law Enforcement and the Department of Transportation having to shut down part of the roadway.

An amendment to this closure was announced today in a press release stating smoke is suppose to make it difficult to see on during Friday’s commute, due to low to poor visibility.  If conditions warrant safe travels when the smoke lifts, they will reopen the highway from 1000 hours to 2000 hours, however if there are any smoky conditions – the roadway may be closed at a moment’s notice.  Travel Safety is their number one priority and if conditions are poor, they will have no choice but to shutdown the roadway at a moment’s notice.  Please pack your patience when travelling.

The smoke has impacted some nearby communities.  Those with breathing issues are suggested to close windows, if at all possible.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

The fire is still holding at 14,000 acres with a 15% containment status.

FUELS

Fire fuels are 6-feet of Chaparral.

FUTURE PLANS

Fire crews have been assigned with holding the fire South of Jackson and Maple Roads.

WEATHER FORECAST

Winds from the South will become more of a challenge for fire crews on Friday, in addition to continued dry weather.  Sunny skies will shine over working on the fire ground.

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Photo Credit: NC IMT

CLOSURES

The Department of Transportation and the State Police have partially closed U.S. Highway 264.  Call or go online to your local news or travel websites for up-to-date road conditions.  Detours have been implemented to help guide you on the roadways.

REMINDERS

NOTE:  Always remember to Move Over when there are lights and sirens [to the right] and move one lane over as safe as possible,  if you see emergency vehicles, including Department of Transportation, Police, Fire, Tow trucks etc. on the shoulder of the highway.

You may see Emergency Fire vehicles and equipment working in the area.  Please yield to them, as safely as you can.

SUPPORTING THEIR MISSION

If you happen to see a Firefighter, Police Officer or Department of Transportation or any other Public Safety Member on the roadway, please thank them for their service and dedication. They will surely appreciate your gratitude!

 

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