July 1st - U.S. Forest Service officials stated that the Dad Fire on the Croatan National Forest remains at 98 percent containment and 21,331 acres in size. Water pumping operations have been keeping the fire contained. Full containment is expected by Saturday June 30th.
The majority of the necessary water has been pumped into canals along containment lines. The water is being pumped 24 hours a day and will help suppress ground fires caused by the surface fire that ignited peat laden soils.
A closure of the fire area, including roads and trails, remains in place. However, Catfish Lake Road has been reopened as of 8AM Wednesday June 27th with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.
Rain and firefighting efforts have helped significantly reduce smoke from the fire, and officials with the N.C. Division of Air Quality say that monitors are no longer detecting elevated amounts of particle pollution. State air quality officials will not issue additional smoke advisories, unless monitors detect changes in particle pollution near the fire that warrant a health advisory. Air quality alerts can be found on the National Weather Service website http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx.
Smoke impacts to area roadways have been significantly reduced. If smoke was to be present the New Bern and Havelock, NC aea would be impacted. Increased smoke may exist during night time and early morning hours. Motorists should exercise caution on area roads when smoky conditions prevail.
For more incident information contact the Fire Information Center at 252-638-5628 x4029 or Public Information Officer, Derek Ibarguen at 828-577-6348.
|Cause||Escaped Prescribed Burn|
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 17th, 2012 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Location||New Bern, NC|
|Incident Commander||James Cherry|
Hold fire containment lines, mop up, ongoing water delivery plan to suppress ground fire.