Two Years Since Evans Road Wildfire

Two years after a massive wildfire broke out in the east, the forest is starting to grow back.

It was June 1st of 2008 when the Evans Road wildfire started.

The flames blew through more than 41,000 acres of land in Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington counties and burned for more than a month. Now the forest is coming back.

District forester Ed Christopher says pond pine trees were dominant in the area before the blaze. Since that particular tree is dependent on fire, the flames opened up their cones, and thousands have started to sprout up again.

Christopher says he's still working on repairs and trying to get certain areas of land back in compliance with state regulations.

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  • by Bill Location: Kinston on Jun 2, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    A unit within the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources under the Division of Water Quality specifically the "Groundwater Investigations Unit" was deployed to help with with fighting this fire is about to be cut if Gov. Perdue's budget proposal passes through. Although this is not the purpose of their job, at the Federal Government's request and funding, this crew deployed a drill rig to try and drill a well to help supply water to help fight this fire. Told to stand down just before drilling, they were ready and on-site to help. This shows the versatility of this unit. There are 7 men that cover the entire state, their job is to drill test wells and monitor water levels and test for contaminates and also do wetland studies that are being conducted right now. Being able to switch from groundwater investigating and monitoring to helping fight a devastating wildfire that destroyed thousands of acres of N.C forests should show the value of this dedicated crew.
  • by mindy on Jun 2, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    good grief. . . i am still laughing at Anonymous' comment. That's what grows around here are pine trees. They are native to our area. How ridiculus you sound. Your post says 9:30 pm, maybe try going to bed alittle earlier?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    It is some kind of funny that they logged all the hard wood out of that area and all that sprouts is a Pine.This is global warming at its finest.NO HARDWOODS LEFT.Plant them pines boy!All they do is generate HEAT.More storms,more lightening strikes,and more winds.Leave what hardwood timber we have left alone or you aint seen nothing yet.

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