Fire Crews Monitor Hot Spots, Investigate 251-Acre Wildfire

Fire crews are monitoring hot spots and assessing the damage from a wildfire that still smolder in Pitt County. Officials reported Friday just before noon that 251 acres were scorched.

The fire is contained. Forestry officials are sending up a scout plane this afternoon to make sure the fire lines are holding.

The investigation into how exactly the fire started continues today. Last night, forestry officials told WITN News a legal land clearing project started the blaze.

As one point, Pitt County had 21 pieces of fire equipment on the scene from eight departments and two EMS units. Overall, more than 150 people battled the blaze.

Planes and helicopters were called in to drop retardant and water onto the blaze.

The 200 plus acre fire stretched for miles all caused by what forestry calls a legal land clearing project.

Fire officials say it was lit a couple days ago and due to the winds, humidity, and temperature it spotted into a pine plantation. Once it spotted the pine plantation it was wind driven from there. Then it was a matter of getting resources on it to contain it.

Those resources spent all Thursday afternoon battling jumping hot spots due to the wind gusts. It took a bevy of brave men and women to keep it under control.

Over eight fire departments with over 109 firefighters helped knock down the smoke and flames. No one was injured.

Crews say they plan to keep crews monitoring the situation to make sure hot spots don't jump from one field to the next.

Forestry officials brought in plows to help dig fire lines.

Emergency officials on the scene say no houses have been affected.

Wind gusts were as high as 30 miles per hour when the fire started to spread.

Other fires that sparked Thursday which are now under control were off of Creek Road in Pitt County and 5th and 15th Streets in the Beaufort County town of Washington.

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  • by Thanks Location: Washington on Feb 14, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    I would like to comment that whoever the Incident Commander was, did a fine job. No structures were involved and a great amount of appreciation should be shown to those departments and firefighters that battled the fire. Three things to accomplish are Incident Stabilization, mitigation of the incident, and property conservation, while maintaining a safe fire ground. All three of these were accomplished due to the prompt action of the Incident Commander. To all departments involved, "Fine Job." Thanks for being ready, able, and trained to respond when those of us are in need of assistance. To anyone who questions the actions of those in charge of the incident, feel free to volunteer at your local Fire Department to offer assistance. "Ronald Bartel: The funny thing about firemen is... Night and day they are always firemen."
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    For all of you who dont have a clue about this story, they didnt START the legal fire YESTERDAY, it was started about 4 days ago, they were even putting more dirt on it yesterday and the wind gusts were too strong so it started up. It wasnt even smoldering anymore. So please, dont be ignorant before you ask!
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    I was just driving to Washington and noticed another bad fire at the intersection of 264 and Greenville Boulevard, across from the new gas station and Wendy's
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    A few years ago, one of these "brilliant" type of people dropped hot ashes outside behind their house on a windy cold dry day. That person's stupid mistake carried a brush fire up their yard and into mine, causing 500 dollars worth of damage to a wooden privacy fence, and nearly reaching a wooden storage shed in my yard. Some people just don't think. Needless to say they continue to burn inside city limits outside their house. I call the fire department every time.
  • by jr Location: winterville on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    What makes someone think this was a smart thing to do? It wasn't like it was not on the TV and radio and in the papers. Thank heavens for the men a women who responded to this. There diligence saved a lot of properties and possibly a lot of lives.
  • by Mike Location: Tarboro on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    How brilliant can you be to burn outside on a day as windy as yesterday?
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Feb 13, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    I as well am very thankful to all these brave men and women fighting to keep that fire away from our I homes. I too live near Hudson crossroads and have complete faith in these fire fighters..
  • by jeanette Location: Grimesland on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    I would like to thank all the brave voluntary firefighters that battled the 200 acre blaze on 2.12.9. My son is one of those brave men. You protect homes and lives all without asking for anything in return. Bless each one of those men and women that answer the call.
  • by chirsty Location: greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:57 AM
    I am suprized at all of the negative complaining comments that i have seen! I would have liked to have more information about the fire as well becasue I lived very close to it but the local media could have handled that not the firefighters...they were very busy doing there job and also, if you were neighborly at all, you would have known somewhat what was going on. In our area of Black Jack - simpson Road, we all pulled together to keep each other informed and some great people and friends came out to help. In times like this, this is what you do!!!
  • by christy Location: greenville on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    I think that all of us near the fire should be very proud that we have so many fire departments so close to our homes. Becasue of these brave, dedicated people we had not worries. My daughter asked me what we would do if it moved close to our home during the night and I felt secure in telling her that "they", the firefighters would let us know in plenty of time if we needed to leave. This made us all sleep better! Thanks for all that you do!!!

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