NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — The US Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina went into the weekend optimistic of more progress in the battle against the fire burning in the Croatan National Forest.
Sunday morning’s report had the fire still at 70% contained and 32,400 acres burned. Sunday night’s report has the fire now 75% contained.
The fire, which began on April 19, has not grown in size since April 24. The inciWeb site that is used as part of information released on the fire has provided the latest details.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Gray Team has taken over command. The group replaced the Southern Area Red Team on Tuesday.
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.
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/.
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.