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

    Tombstone was the better of the two.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I didn't see either film.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Did you take your nom-de-plume from the film character, or are you an MD?

    June 26, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I googled Tombstone.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jim,
    I think that TV journalists change the pronunciation of words because they, or the teleprompter writers, have never learned them.
    May or might differences are beyond them–too much for television.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Doc

    Don't know how much you're interested in the subject matter but I once read a book that gave a detailed account of the trial following the OK corral shootout, it was an interesting read as both an account of the incident and as a look at how the judicial system worked in the old west, unfortunately I do not recall the name of the book though, sorry to say.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sounds like fun...not today, though.
    What was my line from the film?

    June 26, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. stu

    I first saw the Dare county fire on May 6th as we drove down to Hatteras from Nags Head. It looked so odd, a central dark plume of smoke, spreading out conically as it rose, very symetrical in appearance. We thought it was a huge tornado. But after driving a little while longer, it became clear it was a forrest fire across the sound on the mainland.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Doc

    From the character. I have a few things in common with him which would be hard to explain especially since you haven't seen the movie. Suffice it to say that I have lost a great deal in life that has left me in a state of apathy(not sure that word really conveys my point very well but it was the best one I could think of).

    June 26, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Age quod agis...I'm supposed to be asleep by now: gym early tomorrow.
    Good night.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    Joey, I agree with your assessment but some of the older newscasters do it also and that I don't understand.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    DOC, caught your last comment. We'll talk later–I don't have apathy.
    Gotta go.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Doc

    Good night Joey.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Doc:
    Was the word you were seeking "anhedonia" rather than "apathy?"

    June 26, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Game James

    "I'm your huckleberry." Classic line. Costner's didn't even come close.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
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