07/02/11 185 W, 1 I - + 6 - 2 Juniper Road Wildfire in Pender Country

Today's News & Observer pays a visit to Pender County, where a wildfire in the Holly Shelter Game Lands has been burning since June 19. On Thursday, a significant change in wind direction gave crews an opportunity to light back fires along the northern border of the blaze. The Wilmington Star-News has also been following the fire. Search their web site for recent articles, as well as a couple slideshows linked therein. Mike Spencer took the below photo of a News 14 photographer on Bear Garden Road. 

Says this July 1 release from the national Incident Information System, the fire is approximately 30,593 acres in size with 68% containment. They also list the resources currently involved: 21 brush trucks/engines, 15 tractor/plow units, two helicopters, one scout plane, and 174 personnel. That is tough work. Wildland firefighting. See the fire's InciWeb entry. Sounds a good destination for a day drive, say, on a holiday weekend! That said, dense smoke or a super-fog event are again predicted for this morning. The information release notes driving in said conditions is extremely dangerous.

Mike Spencer/Star-News photo

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