NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — Crews battling to put out the fire burning in the Croatan National Forest that began on April 19 continue to get encouraging news on the fire’s status.
The fire is now 65% contained, according to new information released by the U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina Tuesday night. The inciWeb site that is used as part of information released on the fire provided the latest details. While the percentage has changed, the number of acres burned has stayed at 32,400 since April 24.
Tuesday was the last day for the Southern Area Red Team. The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Gray Team has taken over command.
Click here for the latest information posted to the U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina Facebook page.
Great Lakes Fire: The Great Lakes Fire, located within Croatan National Forest, one mile South-Southeast of New Bern, started on April 19. The fire is suspected to be human-caused and is still under investigation.
It is burning in pocosin swamp and mixed fuels within and around the footprint of the 2012 Dad Fire, which burned roughly 21,331 acres. Previously prescribed burning by the U. S. Forest Service helped slow fire spread by reducing the amount of burnable vegetation. No structures have been lost and none are currently threatened.
Forest service officials continue fight against Croatan fire while reassuring residents
Great Lakes Fire Information
Inciweb: Ncncf Great Lakes Information | InciWeb (nwcg.gov)
Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina | Asheville NC | Facebook
Air quality: Information on current air quality data for North Carolina is at https://www.airnow.gov/.
Temporary Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fire area; information is at Federal Aviation Administration website. This is necessary to protect aerial firefighting operations. If there are intrusions into the Temporary Flight Restrictions, we must stop aerial operations.
Donations: We have had many offers of donations to firefighters. We are grateful for your support, but currently do not have the capacity for processing and storing donations on site. In lieu of donations to the Great Lakes Fire please consider making a monetary donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.