Beaches Reopen on Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge After Wildfire is Contained
With suppression activities winding down, the interagency hand crew assigned to the fire, as well as several overhead personnel, were released this morning. A small crew will remain on the island throughout the weekend to monitor fire behavior and patrol fire lines. The helicopter, which was used to drop water on the fire, has been put on stand-by, but will remain positioned on the island.
The “Blackbeard’s Revenge” wildfire began as a lightning
strike on Thursday, July 6 and smoldered undetected until Saturday, when
it was observed by the captain of a passing barge. U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service personnel were dispatched to the island Sunday, July 9 and have
remained on the refuge since. The fire is located in a designated Wilderness
area; therefore, Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) were used
to suppress the fire, as well as aerial water drops. To date, the fire
has burned a total of 117 acres.
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