While the Croatan National Forest fire may seem big, so far It pales in comparison to the several month battle against the Evans Road wildfire back in June of 2008.
The fire scorched over 40 thousand acres of land in Washington, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties- around 60% of that on the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The battle cost around 19 million dollars.
It's been over four years since the fire and the land is lush with shrubbery. But you can still see the burns suffered by the trees in the area.
Like the Croatan fire -- the peat soil was the big enemy-- producing many ground fires and smoke.
Howard Philips is the refuge manager and says, "We know that smoke impacts were felt more than 100 miles away in areas like Raleigh and Norfolk that got hit with smoke and we know from some monitoring that was done afterward that the number of visits to emergency rooms for respiratory issues went up."
Wildlife numbers in the area are also said to be returning to previous numbers -- especially bears.
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