Wildfire http://wunc.org en Firefighters Share Wildfire Know-How http://wunc.org/post/firefighters-share-wildfire-know-how <p>Firefighters from around the world meet Monday in Raleigh to discuss how to improve the way they battle wildfires.&nbsp; The International Association of Wildland Fire hosts a conference this week that focuses on better communication and learning the behavior of wildfires as a few ways to contain them.&nbsp; Organization spokeswoman Paula Nelson says those techniques can vary in North Carolina, where the landscape can shift rapidly from dense forest to peat bog.<br><br>"Each of those takes specific skills, so the local people are the ones you really turn to," Nelson says.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:47:22 +0000 Will Michaels 10577 at http://wunc.org Firefighters Contain Dare County Wildfire http://wunc.org/post/firefighters-contain-dare-county-wildfire <p>Firefighters took a step forward this week in controlling North Carolina's wildfires. Forestry officials say the blaze in Dare County was fully contained Monday night. But Division of Forest Resources spokesman Chris Carlson says firefighters still face the daunting task of putting it out.<br> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8516 at http://wunc.org NC National Guard Helps Fight Arizona Wildfires http://wunc.org/post/nc-national-guard-helps-fight-arizona-wildfires <p>North Carolina National Guard troops are helping battle the huge wildfires in Arizona. About three dozen guard members are flying airborne tankers dropping chemical fire retardant on the blazes. Lieutenant Colonel Rose Dunlap is with the 145th Airlift Wing based in Charlotte. She says logistics for fighting such large fires are complex.<br> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:45:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8534 at http://wunc.org Dare County to Update Public on Wildfire http://wunc.org/post/dare-county-update-public-wildfire <p>Dare County Commissioners are holding a series of public meetings next week to address long-term implications of the wildfire there. The blaze started more than six weeks ago when lightning struck in an area of peat soil near Stumpy Point. Firefighters say it could smolder for months and light new fires. Some commissioners worry that could keep visitors from coming to the Outer Banks this summer. Warren Judge is the chair of the Dare County Board of Commissioners. He says smoke conditions vary day by day based on wind direction.<br> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8554 at http://wunc.org Dare County Wildfire Doesn't Phase Tourists http://wunc.org/post/dare-county-wildfire-doesnt-phase-tourists <p></p> Mon, 30 May 2011 18:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8736 at http://wunc.org Progress Made on Wildfire in Eastern NC http://wunc.org/post/progress-made-wildfire-eastern-nc <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Firefighters continue to fight a large blaze burning in northeastern North Carolina. Officials reported progress Monday in protecting homes and business from the fire. It started last Thursday in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Mon, 09 May 2011 22:55:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8836 at http://wunc.org Wildfire Still Burning in Cumberland County http://wunc.org/post/wildfire-still-burning-cumberland-county <p>A wildfire in Cumberland County has destroyed about 1,000 acres of woods since Monday afternoon. The blaze continues to burn about five miles south of the Cedar Creek community in Fayetteville. State officials say firefighters are successfully controlling the fire. But Brian Haines of the North Carolina Forest Service says it's too early to tell exactly when crews will have the fire fully contained.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 10142 at http://wunc.org Wildfire Still Burning in Western NC http://wunc.org/post/wildfire-still-burning-western-nc <p>The Division of Forest Resources is working to put out with a number of fires across the state. Windy, dry conditions have contributed to 211 fires over the past several days. Forest Resources spokesman Brian Haines says crews have had trouble containing the 582-acre Lumber Plant Fire in Surry County in western North Carolina.</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 10165 at http://wunc.org