Heat & Humidity Hamper Firefighting Efforts

With the mercury rising, so are concerns about keeping the wildfire on Juniper Road in Pender & Onslow Counties contained.

The heat can help by drying out the brush, making it quicker for firefighters to burn. But Wednesday we saw a crew trying to spark a containment burn in 65 percent relative humidity-- that's just too much moisture in the air to burn the brush away.

Another problem? Keeping the crews battling this blaze cool enough to do their work. When a firefighter is near the fire on hot days like we've been having, combined with the radiant heat, means it feels like 130 degrees.

The 55 crew members have ice cold water nearby so the heat doesn't get the best of them.

The fire is still 85 percent contained.

The NC Forest Service says the bill for fighting the fire is over 3-million dollars so far.

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