Gov. Perdue Declares Wildfire Emergency In Eastern NC

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared a state of emergency for 29 eastern North Carolina counties because of dry conditions and raging wildfires.

Those counties are: Robeson, Columbus, Brunswick, Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Sampson, Pender, New Hanover, Johnston, Duplin, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico, Craven, Lenoir, Wayne, Wilson, Greene, Pitt, Edgecombe, Martin, Beaufort, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde and Nash.

Most of the counties included in the declaration are also under a ban on open outdoor burning and are suffering severe drought conditions.

Perdue's Saturday declaration enables the state to seek aid from the federal government and other states in fighting the blazes.

Two large fires are burning in coastal areas, while a number of smaller blazes have popped up in the wake of lightning strikes and dry weather.

Perdue says the state is working with more than 300 federal, local and volunteer fire departments to keep the blazes under control.

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  • by clem Location: raleigh on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    if every area of public service had volunteers as dedicated and unselfish as our volunteer fire fighters are, we would be in wonderful shape as a society...
  • by Firefighters Wife Location: Swansboro on Jun 27, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    How dare anyone speak badly about volunteer firemen! They do the exact same work as paid firemen if not more, and dont get paid for it. They are away from their families helping others for free every day! Im so sick of the military getting all the credit for being hereos around here. Every single person who works in emergency services is a hero. And they deserve a big fat THANK YOU for the work they do. So keep your ignorance to yourself.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Jun 26, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    My VFD is mostly retired and the young ones have jobs. Thay all have ti leave home or work to get to the firehouse and do a great job fighting fires and responding to medical emergencies. My thanks to the FWVFD. That are great and have the best equipment, and we dont mind having a hige fire tax. You get what you pay for. Thake you Volunteer's.
  • by Marine Wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jun 26, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    First of all TREE HUGGER you DO NOT pay are salary. We pay taxes just like everyone else does. Federal and state!! Second of all everyone that wants to talk down on the Marines......First of all when did you put your life on the line for your country? My husband has done it three times for you and I would love to see that big fat paycheck we get because that would be awesome!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    Bev has opened the door to federal assistance for those affected but the only thing that will really control the situation is heavy rainfall. Those peat bogs will burn underground for a lonnnngggg time.
  • by duplin Location: duplin county on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    Enough about the volunteers! I agree there should b more paid firefighters, but I am a volunteer and recently my department and mutual aid departents saved a home from being a total loss. Had we been five minutes later this family would have lost everything. Not all volunteers are bad.
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      by Sarah on Jun 26, 2011 at 03:08 PM in reply to duplin
      There is no difference between paid and volunteer firefighters. I work at a split department and we all have the same training, response, etc. We would not be able to do the job we do without volunteers and they are a huge asset for the fire service.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    After the tropical weather that will soon be here to put the fires out, new growth will sprout in the burned areas. Wildlife thrives on that tender new vegetation. People are building in the woods as usual. If folks that do so do not plan ahead and sell or clear the woods from around their homes, they are at risk during these normal and routine forest fires.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Wow its about time...The fire in Dare County has already burned about 70 square miles, guess we arent important enough to consider....
  • by Frank Constanza Location: New York, New York on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Gov. Perdue should enjoy Raleigh as much as possible before the voters retire her to New Bern in 2012.
  • by Anonymous Location: enc on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Wildfires are a normal, natural part of our ecosystem. During hurricane Floyd, the military was on top of the situation before the media even knew they were plucking people off their roofs with helicopters. These fires are normal around here.
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