Emergency declared in North Carolina as wildfires rage
More than 300 fire departments have been deployed against wildfires that have burned 70,000 acres in North Carolina.
June 25th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Emergency declared in North Carolina as wildfires rage

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency Saturday for 29 counties as crews battled wildfires that have consumed more than 70,000 acres.

“I want to assure residents of North Carolina that the state Division of Forest Resources and its partnering agencies are working hard to contain the fires in Eastern North Carolina,” Perdue said in a statement on her website.

The emergency order means North Carolina can receive aid from federal authorities as well as other states.

Authorities are contending with several blazes, including one in the Alligator River Nature Preserve in Dare County spanning about 50,000 acres, CNN affiliate WRAL in Raleigh reported Saturday.

Blazes in Pender and Bladen counties burned more than 22,000 acres, WRAL reported.

Twelve counties were under an air quality alert because of “fine particulates” circulating in the wind, according to the state’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

The agency issued a Code Purple alert –- very unhealthy –-  for the weekend in coastal communities due to the blazes.

“Some of the highest particle pollution levels that (the state Division of Air Quality) has ever measured were in smoke plumes from wildfires,” the agency said on its website. “Fine particles can penetrate deeply into the lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing or aggravating heart and lung diseases."

The governor said the U.S. Forest Service Incident Management Team was working with more than 300 federal, local and volunteer fire departments to contain the blazes, which have been caused by drought and high winds.

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  1. Doc

    In pace requiesca

    June 26, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Junior Classical League?

    June 26, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    @Joey: I know what a Libyan is but what's a Lybian? Just wondering!

    June 26, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. 10th generation american

    My ancestors didn't sneak into America illegally, the came through Ellis island and assimilated.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill(AKA,Doc)

    @Joey: No earlier you posted a comment from the Tombstone movie, probably not intentionally I'm sure but I just decided to run with it to try and lighten people up a bit.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jim:
    A Lybian is a mistake.
    I apologize.
    If one used his imagination, more could be made of that word.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    TOMBSTONE?
    I didn't see it...a film?
    I thought the wine/truth got us there.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    I often make the same mistake by typing too fast. I was thinking the same thing about the imagination part. BTW, I realized you meant Libyan, I was only having fun with you, sorry.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Don't be sorry. Honestly. I often forget how to spell Libya: not very interesting to me as a place.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Qu-K-Gadhafi's name's spelling keeps changing, depending on the quality of his PR.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Doc

    My mistake, I just assumed most people have seen Tombstone. I myself am not much into movies but that one is worth watching at least once, yes there are a couple of slow parts but overall they did a good job on it.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I was wondering if anyone else noticed that too. Have you also noticed how journalists keep changing the pronunciation of words?

    June 26, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What year was Tombstone made?

    June 26, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doc

    1993. It came out a few months before Wyatt Earp.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'll Google it.
    I've missed a lot of things in life while chasing...other things.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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