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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Virginia Firefighters help in NC,TX and GA

Virginia has personnel assisting in the following locations.

West Texas I.A.
Georgia- Honey Prairie Fire
North Carolina- Pains Bay Fire
Texas- Trans Pecos Complex
Georgia-Honey Prairie Fire

Some pictures and fire info from those areas.......

The plumes of smoke visible in this image of the Honey Prairie Fire

The image was captured on May 8, 2011, by the Landsat-7 satellite, as fire managers in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge allowed the Honey Prairie Fire to burn. The work of firefighters was to ensure that the fire did not take any structures and to keep it bounded within the Wildlife Refuge.

The fire was started by lightning on April 28, and by May 8 approximately 61,822 acres had burned.


Pains Bay fire now 50 percent contained. 
Firefighters continue burn-out operations to secure containment lines along the northeast corner of the Pains Bay wildfire that began on May 5. The fire is on mainland Dare County in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and on the Dare County Bombing Range.


NEAR MARATHON - Fire crews are working overtime to snuff out some big blazes near Marathon.
The Schwartz Fire has now burned more than 73,000 acres.
Fire crews managed to keep the flames from jumping Highway 90, which remains closed between Marathon and Sanderson, due to smoke.
Meanwhile, the Iron Mountain Fire has burned close to 82,000 acres.
Both are 40 percent contained.
The fires in Texas continue to challenge firefighters. Two fires east of Alpine, Texas have each burned over 70,000 acres.
Iron Mountain fire. This fire 9 miles north of Marathon has burned 82,000 acres and has spread to the east beyond the perimeter shown in the map above to highway 385 north of the Pecos/Brewster county line. The fire has grown significantly over the last two days. It is being managed by the North Carolina Type 2 Incident Management Team (Hildreth/ Howard).
Schwartz fire. This fire 16 miles east of Marathon has also grown by tens of thousands of acres over the last two days. On Thursday it made a run all the way south to Highway 90, but successful efforts by firefighters kept the fire from crossing. Thursday night crews began burning out along the highway, initiating an effort to secure the fire’s southern perimeter.

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