Firefighters Gaining Ground On Pender Co. Fire

Firefighters say a blaze that has burned nearly 50 square miles in northeastern Pender County is now two-thirds under control.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported Friday that rains have recently slowed the fire's growth, giving firefighters the chance to plow ditches around the perimeter to contain it.

But officials say the fire still could expand.

Firefighters say organic soil along the south section of the land is particularly at risk and fallen trees could bridge containment line, allowing flames to spread.

The fire has burned since lightning struck June 19.


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  • by Finally! RAIN! on Jul 8, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    OK, It's clearing now...*whew*!
  • by Finally! RAIN! on Jul 8, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    I guess the rain soaked brush has made for some thick smoke (mixed with steam?) and the thick smoke is BACK in Jones County. I guess it will move along, but as for now, this is about as thick as I've seen it.
  • by Hombre on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Thank you fire fighters for the work you are doing. Have a blessed week.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    the fire area is being doused with rain currently
  • by Finally! RAIN! on Jul 8, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    There is a LOAD of rain moving along the coast. It will definitly make a difference and help put the darn fire out! We can only hope it stays over land. The Gulf moisture moving this way from Florida would be nice, but I wouldn't depend on it.
  • by Anon Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    Maybe some of this hefty rain we are supposed to be getting can help get a handle of this situation.
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