Air Quality Alerts As Wildfire Smoke Continues

Officials are warning of a whiteout or super fog in the area of the wildfire, this as state environmental health officials say dangerous Code Red and Code Purple conditions are predicted Tuesday for seven Eastern Carolina counties.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials say weather conditions are favorable for the formation of a "super fog event" along Highway 264 and 64 from midnight to 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. The peak of the event is expected around 6:00 a.m. with reduced visibility. Road closures may be necessary.

Smoke, sometimes heavy at times, was visible Monday in Beaufort, Craven, and Pitt counties. The smoke was reported as far south as Brunswick County. Meteorologists say smoke from the fire will continue to drift inland over the next couple of days.

State environmental health officials say dangerous Code Red and Code Purple conditions are predicted for Tuesday in seven Eastern Carolina counties. Those are Beaufort, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington counties. Code Orange conditions, or air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups, could occur in all counties in the Coastal Plain and far eastern Piedmont.

Over the weekend the wildfire grew to just shy of 45,000 acres, up from 29,000 acres on Friday. Foresters now says there is an extreme growth potential for the fire, which has been burning since May 4th. Some 240 people from 22 states continue to battle the fire.

The blaze is now 65% contained, down from 80% on Friday.

The 2008 Evans Road fire consumed 40,000 acres in Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington counties and burned for several months.

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  • by Tommy Location: Davis,NC on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    I think the best thing we could do right now is to pray to God and ask that he look over these brave men and women battling this blaze and protect the lives and property of the residents of Stumpy Point . My thoughts are with you!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    Forest fires are good for the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Stopping forest fires is why we no longer have a healthy population of our state tree, the Longleaf Pine.
  • by Firefighters Wife on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    I keep reading all these STUPID comments on here ... my husband has been a VOLUNTEER firefighter for 30 years. Most of the men and women fighting this fire are VOLUNTEERS. Woods fires can go undected for days, especially woods as dense and thick as these. Once it gets started it can be extremely difficult to bring these things under control because of all the natural fuel that is there for the fire to feed off of. I agree that, if you have an opinion on something they should be doing take yourself down to the scene and offer your help and apparent expertise in firefighting there. These people do not do this for the pay or the praise! They do it because they love it! They love their communities and take pride in the service they provide. They need help, food, supplies, manpower - not criticism and negative comments.
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      by Smokey on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to Firefighters Wife
      Well said, Firefighter's Wife.
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      by stumpy pointer on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:11 AM in reply to Firefighters Wife
      Amen Firefighters Wife. As residents of Stumpy Point, we pray each and every day that God will look after these amazing, wonderful people. If more people would stop thinking only of themselves, and try to figure out ways to help, this world just might be a better place. God Bless you and your family.
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      by OBX local on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to Firefighters Wife
      My hat's off to your husband and all the other firefighters on the line. My criticism isn't towards any of the firefighters, but rather, those in a position to make decisions and sign the checks. Having lived in California during several major wild fires, I just don't understand why more assets aren't being sent to fight this fire? We have a number of military bases in the area, why aren't we seeing more participation by them?
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      by Another Local on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to Firefighters Wife
      I am a firemans Girl friend and I couldnt agree with you more! Do you have an idea of how many fireman and other workers there are fighting that blaze? I would like to help out in some way!
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        by doug on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:28 AM in reply to Another Local
        Bravo to your husband and all those fighting this and all the forest fires.
  • by rain? on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    It hasnt rained a lot where the fire is. Please check the map again.
  • by what about all the rain? on Jun 6, 2011 at 09:02 PM
    why is it still buring with all the rain that part of the state has received????
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      by Stumpy Point resident on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:51 AM in reply to what about all the rain?
      It is horrible at the minute and we are in bad shape with this white-out smoke. The last thing we Stumpy Point residents need is for another moron to ask the same stupid question about the rain. I think this is the same person who has been asking this question on on these forums since this fire started. You think your funny-I wish you'd come down here, try to stand outside and do a rain dance, THAT WOULD BE FUNNY-SINCE WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY MEASURABLE RAIN IN AT LEAST SEVEN WEEKS!
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      by wishing on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:57 AM in reply to what about all the rain?
      Rain? What rain? Where's the rain? We have not had hardly any in the last 2 months.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    This is a dangerous situation and some of you people are just sitting there arguing about it. My daddy was a county forest ranger who fought many big one in the 80's. The smoke that he was in everyday during this fire caused him to become allergic to anything cooked on a charcoal grill. If this can do damage like that, then think about what it is doing to the rest of their bodies!!! Get a life people and get out there and help them if you want "something done". Volunter your time, provide water and food for them; think about all that!!!
  • by Wash Co Resident on Jun 6, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Lets hope the people travelling will be safe and the fire fighters that are there so lets forget about everything but people getting hurt...Pray for peoples safety and quit passing judgement.
  • by Hope on Jun 6, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    I am hoping they can get it out soon so people who have loved ones fighting this can rest easy knowing they are safe. And so all the ignorant comments from people who would rather not try to help at all. I hope they get it out so no one will lose their homes in the areas the fire is in. For those of you who would rather make stupid comments, come down this way and go help these firefighters im sure they could use it.
  • by James Tiberius Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    I wonder if the OLF had been built would the military have already stepped in and put out the fire?
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      by doug on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:34 AM in reply to James Tiberius
      i really don't think that would make a difference. the military can't just magically put out the fires. who do you think fight fires on bases...wildland fire fighters. the same guys who are fighting these fires all over NC
  • by Anonymous Location: washington county on Jun 6, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    I huge thanks to all the men and women that have spent so much time trying to battle this fire. Wouldn't know what we would do without you! Thanks again!
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