Monday, June 16, 2008

NC: Evans Road fire update

The Evans Road fire in eastern North Carolina is going to be with us until a hurricane-style rain event occurs. It takes a lot of water to penetrate into several feet of peat. The size of the fire is being reported as 41,060 acres. The firefighters are still pumping huge quantities of water from nearby lakes onto the fire--19,000 gallons per minute.

In addition to Hendricks Type 2 Incident Management Team, there are two National Incident Management Organization teams on the fire, Custer's and Whitney's. There are 476 people working on the fire and it is 40% contained.

Below is a map showing the fire perimeter in yellow--and in red, orange, and black, the heat detected by satellites last night. I have not seen any evidence of the massive burnout operation the fire spokesperson mentioned last week that was going to occur on the east side along highway 94. Click on the map and photo to see larger versions.

The picture below shows a burnout operation on Seagoing Road.
Photo courtesy of InciWeb.

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