Pender County Fire 78 Percent Contained

The North Carolina Forest Service says a blaze that has burned for more than a month in northeastern Pender County is now more than three-quarters under control.

Officials say rain and thunderstorms on the northern and eastern sides of the fire Saturday have helped slow the fire's growth. It's now 78 percent contained.

The wildfire has burned more than 31,000 acres since it started with a lightning strike June 19.

Officials said they didn't think ground-level smoke would be a hazard for drivers Sunday.


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  • by tongue in cheek on Jul 10, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    I'm grateful for all of the hard work that has gone into containing this fire, but I just had to giggle at 78 percent. Not 75 or 80? Whoever came up with 78 needs to go help the state with the budget, because that's a precise number.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011 at 02:58 AM in reply to tongue in cheek
      All I can say is pray for steady rain, this smoke is worse than I can ever remember over such a long period of time.
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