District 4 Forest Service Crews Respond To 42 Weekend Fires

The high winds and low humidity continue raise the threat of fire spreading quickly Monday.

Just over the weekend the district 4 office of North Carolina Forest Services responded to 42 fires in 8 counties in eastern Carolina. Phillip Wall, a custom ranger with the N.C. Forest Service, says he hasn't seen a year like this since 2008. Officials remind you ideal burning weather is a day with calm winds and high humidity.

"It's been kind of a tough winter people have been inside and hadn't done a lot of outside work and I think what we're seeing in the past week it a lot of people have gotten out in this better weather and are trying to clean up and get started for the spring time," said craven county assistant director of emergency services Ira Whitford.

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  • by Peggy Location: New Bern, NC on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    Forest Rangers should be recognized and given credit for the dangerous job they do. But they need to speak to the media and offer info to them and the public. Some run and hide from the media. They should be seen on the TV and mentioned in the press when fighting wildfires, taking pride in their work. Usually, the Forest Rangers are in charge of the fire suppression activities!! VFD's and others helping should also be recognized-the Forest Rangers could not do the job without them.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 22, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    Just sounds like fire season to me. Keep this in mind when you hear about firefighters in NC. Not taking anything away from the volunteer fire fighters but we also have paid firefighters in every county that never seem to be recognized, your county forest service. I think they should be recognized more. But then again, some folks probably want them to be laid off since they are state employees and all state employees ever do is stand around and prop up on shovels right? Go Smokey.

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