July 24, 2011 9pm Update - Pains Bay Fire
Incident: Pains Bay Fire Wildfire
• The 70 square mile Pains Bay Fire located one mile west of Stumpy Point and 9 miles south of Manns Harbor has burned since May 5.
• The thirteen NCFS employees assigned to fire suppression on the Range have responded to four new fire starts associated with range activities. A 100-acre fire occurred on the Air Force portion of the range; three fires (2, 5, and ï¿½ acres) occurred on the Navy portion. Pumping activity today continues with these fires; however, there are no pumping operations associated with the Pains Bay Fire.
• On the Refuge, there have been minor flare-ups on the southern part of the fire, primarily near US 264 and Pamlico Road. An area west of Pamlico Road is burning and has reached approximately 20 acres. At this location, the fire has potential reach approximately 75 acres. However, the area is well within the permimeter of the Pains Bay Fire and presents no danger of escape.
• A burning ban remains in effect for 17 eastern North Carolina counties, including Dare County. The ban was lifted in 10 counties last week. More details can be found at http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/news_pubs/newsdesk_2011.htm
• 100 % containment does not mean the fire is out.
• Infrared flights continue to be flown several times a week to identify hotspots. Several hotspots continue to burn, including one west of Stumpy Point on the Dare County Range and several spots south of Stumpy Point and east of US 264 on the Refuge.
• The 20-acre area mentioned above, west of Pamlico Road has been producing some smoke and may affect Stumpy Point and/or visibility on US Highway 264.
• Smoke advisories may be found at www.weather.gov/mhx .
• Pains Bay Fire (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2218/) is currently producing very minor amounts of smoke.
Current Resources Assigned
• The Refuge has one Type 3 helicopter with 3 crew members and one engine with 3 crew, Jarred Culbertson is one of the engine crew and also has transitioned to be the Incident Commander of the Type 4 team. In addition, local resources (refuge fire staff) are on standby for initial attack.
• The Range (NCDFR) has demobilized all resources that were assigned to the Pains Bay Fire.
• The Juniper Road Fire ( http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2371/) continues to burn, is currently 31,140 acres in size and is 85% contained.
• The Simmons Road Fire (http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2373/) is located in Bladen County, remains at a size of 5438 acres and is now considered 91% contained.
• Over the week-end, two new fires started presumably due to lightning. The Intracoastal Fire (2 acres) on Buck Ridge Coastal Reserve, adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway / across from Refuge land and the Stump Hole Fire (< .25 acre) on the Refuge Spoil Cell site just south of Stumpy Point are both contained at this time.
• For additional refuge information, visit www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/
• Other sources of information including announcements, photos and maps can be found at Inciweb http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2218/ or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Division-of-Forest-Resources/117366861613343 or http://www.facebook.com/ ref=logo%23!/pages/Friends-of-Alligator-River-and-Pea-Island-National-Wildlife-Refuges/428296430051