Smoke From Onslow Wildfire Concern For Nearby Residents

Back in March a wildfire broke out at Camp Lejeune, causing problems for drivers on Highway 17 in the Dixon area. While the Greater Sandy Run fire is 100 percent contained, there are still concerns.

The massive wildfire consumed about 9500 acres, and is an image stuck in the minds of many in the area including Julie Radetski mother of two.

"I'm scared that is gonna come back and we'll have to evacuate again," said Radetski.

And she's not alone. Maggie Lassard was forced to leave her home after the smoke engulfed her neighborhood, and she says no matter what happens this time she's staying put.

"I'm not going nowhere. I can't. I'm getting ready to have surgery, and I'm trying to get things done. I'm not going nowhere," said Lassard.

Base officials say the ground fire is 100 percent contained, but residents can still see and smell it. Officials say residents should not worry about it spreading.

"The block that its burning at is completely surrounded by ditches that have water in them. So it's not going to spread out of this block," said Camp Lejeune Forest Protection Manager Dan Becker.

The area of concern about a mile away from Highway 17. 15 base firefighters and forestry workers are working to put it out.

"Now with the warmer temperatures, the lower humdity, fuels are drying out. Some of those areas that had gone to the ground and were diminished and they're burning have started to burn a little more," said Decker.

"What I'm scared about is this will happen every year and its just too much for me." said Radetski.

Base forestry officials say its possible for the fire to continue smoldering well into the summer.That is if we don't have a substantial amount of rain. Officials caution drivers along NC-17 in the Dixon area of limited visibility, especially at dawn and dusk.

An Onslow County wildfire has been 100-percent contained for awhile but motorists are being warned they may still see smoke from smoldering peat moss and higher moisture weather conditions.

Base officials at Camp Lejeune say the Greater Sandy Run fire continues to produce varying concentrations of smoke and motorists traveling along NC 17 in the Dixon area are urged to exercise caution during periods of limited visibility, especially at dawn and dusk.

The fire started back on March 19 and consumed around 9, 500 acres.

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  • by environmental specialist on May 21, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    know the boys that now manage Base Forestry. Unfortunately, they mostly have degrees from NC State. Yet, they have grown smarter since choosing to go to NCSU. They know what they are doing. Forest fires are naturally occuring events. They do a LOT of controled burns to reduce risks unlike very few other areas enjoy. Everything that can be done is being done to manage the forests very well on Lejeune. Use your own good sense if surrounded by woods. LEARN how to protect yourself and your home.
  • by Divemaster Location: Greenville on May 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM
    This will be no bother as a drive with my eyes closed anyway.
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      by porkchop on May 20, 2011 at 05:17 AM in reply to Divemaster
      Doesn't everybody?

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