US Highway 264 Is Now Open

US Highway 264 is now open to public traffic between Stumpy Point and Engelhard. However, authorities say it may be closed intermittently at any time due to smoke and/or fire suppression activity.

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Shifting winds are causing problems for crews battling the Pains Bay wildfire in Dare County. Highway 264 between Stumpy Point and Engelhard is once again closed to all public traffic.

According to officials early Saturday morning the wildfire that has been burning in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge crossed the SW perimeter into unburned fuels moving towards Highway 264, making it dangerous for people to drive on the road.

There is no estimated time for when the road will be reopened, but the situation will be assessed continuously and the road will be reopened as soon as conditions are safe for public travel.

Officials say the fire is now working its way NW towards the Air Force target area within the Dare County Range.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire to the east of the target area by conducting a burnout operation to reduce unburned fuels between the fire perimeter and a containment line. This area is difficult to navigate due to impenetrable brush and very few established roads.

Manteo and the Outer Banks can expect dense smoke Saturday night through Sunday morning due to winds shifting to southwest. Both US Highways 64 and 264 will likely experience heavy smoke/fog conditions during this same time period. Visibility will be reduced.

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  • by Karen Location: Central NC on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Tina, I'd go ahead and go. I've been at the OBX 10 days of the last 20 and plan to go back to Hatteras Is. on Friday. Only on one day did I smell any smoke (in Avon). Course my place is close to Hatteras Village.
  • by Tina Location: va. on Jun 5, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Debating if I should bring my family to Hatteras next weekend?
  • by Heather Location: Buxton on Jun 5, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Sunday, June 5, 2011. There is ash falling from the sky like snow in Buxton, NC and smoke in the air.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Wildfires/ forest fires are naturally occuring events in our biosphere. Many are stared by lightning. Us humans can do our thing while we're here but mamma nature rules.
  • by Reesejake Location: OBX on Jun 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    They are pumping scads of water on both the fire and into the path of the fire. I have heard my friends talking about some of the heavy duty pumps that are running 24/7. They move amounts of water that are unbelievable onto a fire that is of unbelievable proportions. Pray for rain. (and a little more state and federal help couldn't hurt)
  • by Tom Location: NCF on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    Why dont you pump water on the land before the fire get there? Flooding the ground is about the only way to put the fire out and reduce the spreading to other areas, it is getting pretty close to Alligater River Growers , last nite is was very visible from the Fairfield bridge and close to endangering others,
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Hey Bev, I know this is ENC, but we are still part of N.C.! Do something! You can go to Washington and tell Oblunder we are ready for hurricane season while ENC is burning, so get real help and PUT THIS FIRE OUT!!!

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