More Unhealthy Air Thanks To Wildfire

Another day of unhealthy air is predicted for parts of Eastern Carolina because of the Pains Bay Wildfire that continues to burn in Dare County.

So far the wildfire has burned 70 square miles, or about twice the size of Greenville.

Code Purple to Code Red conditions are likely for those in mainland Dare and Hyde counties and on the Outer Banks from Hatteras to Ocracoke. Code Orange conditions could occur in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Onslow, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

The fire was first noticed May 5th and is now 75% contained. Firefighters are now pumping up to 165-million gallons of water per day to put out the burning peat soil along the edge of the massive fire which has mostly been contained to federal land.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    2 hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
  • by Dawn B. Location: Fairfield Hyde County on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Praying we get the rain, we so desperately need.Very smoky here In Fairfield.My prayers also for all the fire fighters who are working had to get thing under control.THANK YOU
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    We all need to pray for rain. this is serious.
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      by llahsraMeriF on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to
      Oh good grief!This is not the first fire this state has had.Yes we need rain,but the farmers need it more than a bunch of land that is nothing but peat and marsh.
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