It's been over a week and the Hyde County wildfire is still burning. It all started last Sunday and now the blaze has burn over 32,000 acres of land and is steadily spreading into two more counties.
I first began this assignment last Monday and I could not believe the magnitude of the blaze, but I never thought it would be going on for this long. Just being on the front lines of the blaze with the forest officials amazed me. The thick fire is totally overwhelming and the smoke is unimaginable. I could still taste the smoke in my mouth and smell it in my hair well into the evening hours, so I could only imagine how difficult it is for the actual fire fighters on scene day after day.
Today, I visited a family leaving the area for Oriental. They told me the smell has just become too much for them to bare. This blaze seems to have everyone on edge, including the emergency officials stationed at the Hyde County Command Post. They are working around the clock to help with resources and weather tracking.
Altogether it's an amazing effort to help extinguish this blaze and get people back inside their homes safely.