Firefighters Battle Flames & Heat

The intense heat is just the latest element firefighters battling the Pains Bay wildfire in Dare County for the past month have had to endure.

Firefighters say between the hot air, hotter fire, and the equipment they carry, it's easy to run out of steam. Fire Division Supervisor Scott Gibby says, "You can imagine wearing a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and probably a 40 pound pack on your back. It does take a toll on you."

Much of Eastern Carolina is under a code red or code purple air advisory Friday due to the massive wildfire. Pains Bay wildfire officials say that means unhealthy to very unhealthy air conditions from Dare County down to New Bern and Morehead City over to Rocky Mount.

The fire will have burned a full month come Saturday, with no clear end in sight. It's dropped back to an estimated 80-percent contained.


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  • by I believe on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    And You think its hot and smokey here.....
  • by Taxpayer Location: Dare county on Jun 2, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    If we could use our tax money to pay for extra firefighting instead of paying for setting the mountains of Afghanistan on fire using the US military, we probably would have had this fire out weeks ago. All politicians are corrupt!
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