Super Fog "Likely" Near Juniper Road Fire Through Thursday

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Fire officials say there is a likely chance of dense smoke or a super-fog event Wednesday evening into Thursday morning south of the Juniper Road fire potentially impacting I-40, Hwy 17 and other roads in the fire area.

Fire officials say driving in these conditions is extremely dangerous and should be avoided. If you find yourself in these conditions, experts say get as far off the road as possible and remain in your vehicle with your lights and emergency flashers on. Road closures are possible. Officials will monitor conditions continually to assess risks to public safety.

An approximate 8,000 acre burnout operation was conducted Tuesday in the Holly Shelter Game Lands East on the south side of the fire, north and east of New Road. The burnout operation successfully burned the fuels between the fire and New Road, improving the ability of firefighters to contain the fire and protect homes along Hwy 17 when winds shift and come out of the north, northwest.

The fire is approximately 30,593 acres with 68% containment. The fire is burning in the Holly Shelter Game Lands, 8 miles North of Topsail and was reported June 19th after it was started from a lightning strike.

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  • by Becca Location: Richlands on Jul 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    I feel like firefighters and other personnel are using this fire as a practice fire, and not really trying to put it out, but trying out all their "techniques" on it. I'm pretty upset that they aren't actually trying to put it out as I've had to flee to PA to get away from the smoke and keep my child from developing asthma because of the smoke. How about we stop burning more land, and start putting the damn thing out.
  • by george Location: cedar point on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    There is water all over the place. Pump the water to the fire and PUT THE DAMNED FIRE OUT before every living creature is poisoned.

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