Fire crews are keeping an eye on the Pains Bay wildfire after several flare-ups the past few days which are creating smoky conditions.
Officials say one flare-up, west of Pamlico Road on the sound side of US Highway 264, has reached a size of over 110 acres and is putting off a sizable amount of smoke.
Fire Management Officer Tom Crews commented, "We've gotten several calls from folks who are worried the Pains Bay Fire may take off again. We certainly want to assure people that we are monitoring the fire, and we're aware it is burning in that area. But, the location of this flare-up is completely surrounded by 'black' or water. It's really unlikely the fire could escape under these conditions."
In addition to the flare-up described above, there are also two areas of ground fire closer to Stumpy Point, but on the south side of the bay. There are approximately 10 acres of ground fire at this location.
The Pains Bay Fire was first reported on May 5, burned 45,294 acres, and was declared 100% contained more than a month ago. The fire is not expected to be controlled until the areas receives 4-6" of rain. Until that time, officials say monitoring will continue.