03/21/10 270 W, 1 I - + 2 - 7 Last Night's Woods Fire in Apex

Let's wrap a weekend of shooting and posting photos with a recap of last night's woods and rubber fire in Apex, with information drawn from news reports, radio traffic, FireNews incident report, and other sources. Same started as woods fire reported in the area of the Wake County Fire Training Center at 5620 Shearon Harris Road about 8:00 p.m. The fire subsequently threatened the nearby Cary Police Department firing range on Shooting Drive. Crews protected the structures there, but flames spread to a quantity of tire rubber serving as a backstop for bullets. The resulting melting rubber created a runoff hazard for Harris Lake, and sand trucks and heavy equipment were called to the scene to mitigate the hazard and assist with extinguishing.

Water shuttle operations were utilized with tankers from Apex and Moncure in Chatham County. The water point was Apex Fire Station 2, about four miles away. Additional personnel was requested from Fairview Fire Department. Medical monitoring and rehab was conducted by Apex EMS and Wake County EMS. Units on scene included Apex E2, Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Brush 1, Brush 2, Battalion 1, Car 1, Utility 1 and foam trailer, Mobile Command 1; Fairview E1, Brush 1, Car 2; Moncure tankers; Forestry units 1190, 1191, and the plow (unit number?); EMS 42, District 2, Truck 1; and WC1. Others? See preliminary photos by Legeros1, taken after the woods fire but before the rubber fire was extinguished. Click to enlarge:

1What did that pile of burning rubber look like? Just a big, black, pile of smoking materials that only occasionally flared with flames, as shown above. Those were quickly doused. Just a lot of really stinky smoke.

I think the plow might be 1195? Can’t remember.
Bob P. - 03/22/10 - 09:01

Looks like Moncure had a unit out there as well
JA - 03/23/10 - 00:03

About the forestry plow unit #; the NCFS ranger that operates the plow actually has 2 unit numbers. when he is in his state vehicle pick-up it would be 1195 (11 would be what district he is from and 95 would be what county he’s from and his job position). but when he is operating his equipment (plow, external water pump, etc.) it would change slightly to 11X95 to let the district HQ that he is currently insde and operating his equipment.
Aaron B. - 03/25/10 - 00:17

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