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Wildfire/Emergency Response Situation Report

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See the North Carolina Wildfire Public Viewer for current information on North Carolina’s reported and active wildfires.

See all fires that have been contolled since January 1, 2023. The map displays all fires that have been entered into the N.C. Forest Service fire record system.

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Daily Fire Occurance map

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Current Wildfire Information

The North Carolina Forest Service tracks daily fire activity using a database known as the "Signal 14". The data from the Signal 14 is a rapid approximation of wildfire occurrence. It's not an exact count. This information does not include uncontained fires or fires that occur on federal property. The information below comes from Signal 14 reports.

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Additional data: Daily Fire Occurrence Summary (PDF)

Monthly Fire Summary Graph

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In-state incidents

Incident: Last Resort Fire
Location: Tyrrell County
Estimated Size: 5,280 acres
Containment: 100%
Summary: Consistent water penetration into the fire area over the last several days has allowed firefighting crews to make significant progress on the Last Resort Fire. Firefighting personnel reached full containment Thursday, April 13. The fire reached 5,280 acres in size since igniting Friday, March 24. After moving a combined 438 million gallons of water from Phelps Lake and a freshwater canal along Seagoing Road, the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ceased water pumping operations from Phelps Lake. Crews will continue to pull water from the seagoing canal to maintain current water levels. Significant resources will demobilize Friday, April 14, as the unified command (UC) structure will downsize to a Type 4 Incident Management Team.
Latest Fire Information Update
    Updated 4/13/2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Out-of-state incidents

The North Carolina Forest Service is dispatching employees to assist with suppressing U.S. wildfires in other states. A dispatch normally lasts for 14 days, plus 2 days for travel at each end of the assignment. Jobs filled by NCFS personnel include everything from the command staff on a fire to members of hand crews digging fire lines.

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