FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
Chris Meggs, public information officer
N.C. Forest Service
N.C. Forest Service advises of smoke and fog potential
in areas of Brunswick County; urges caution in travel
RALEIGH - The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to exercise caution during this upcoming weekend as smoke and fog may be an issue on local roadways, especially in the morning. Drivers should use extreme caution especially in areas where there are smoke warning signs and emergency service personnel.
Experts with the N.C. Forest Service and local emergency services will continue to monitor the situation and some road closures may be possible.
Some of the smoke stems from a 575-acre controlled burn conducted by the N.C. Forest Service March 9 on The Nature Conservancy land in the Green Swamp. While the burn had the desired results of burning unwanted forest fuels, a few pockets of ground fire did occur and continue to put up some smoke. The smoke, combined with early morning fog, has caused visibility issues on some local roads.
Most of The Nature Conservancy tract was contained to large woody debris or stumps and did not ignite organic soils.
“The fire itself remains within the containment lines and firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and will aggressively suppress the ground fire,” said Wib Owen, state forester. “Resources have been shifted to the area to assist in this effort. However, residents should be aware that this may take some time and should continue to use extreme caution, especially in the evening and morning hours when fog tends to be most prevalent.”
Additional smoke signs have been placed along affected roads or roads that are projected to be affected by fog and smoke.