Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 329
Columbia, North Carolina 27925

Contact: Howard Phillips- 252-796-3004 ext 226

News Release

June 7, 2008

Update on Evans Road Fire

Click here for attached update from Incident Command Post.

Photo credits: NCFS

Tanker Drops
The Evans Road Fire, which started on private land south of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on June 1, has now grown to 30,809 acres. The fire is approximately 40% contained. While the team has used tanker drops, as shown here, to extinguish some of the ground fire, the most effective way to accomplish putting out ground fire is by pumping large volumes of water onto the area to drown the fire. Several high-volume pumps have been put into place and pumping operations are underway, taking water from Lake Phelps.

Drip Torch
One very effective way to battle fire is with fire. The NC Incident Management Team has strategically selected areas in which they can safely set "back fires" to burn out fuel, creating a fire break to protect adjacent land.

Evans Road Fire
The Evans Roads Fire has burned since June 1. It is being managed jointly by the NC Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the NC Incident Management Team. For regular updates on the fire and local releases relating to health and safety, visit http://inciweb.org/state/34. To contact the Fire Information Center, call 919-323-3219