BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The N.C. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy have contained the Driving Creek Fire in Green Swamp Preserve by 75%, according to a Brunswick County update Thursday morning.
Following lightning on a Sunday night, the Driving Creek Fire engulfed May 8, six miles north of Supply. As of Thursday morning, the fire is 597.83 acres in size. The Highway 211 corridor, between Bolton and Supply, reopened Wednesday afternoon after a temporary closure.
“Firefighters are working to improve and maintain existing control lines around the fire and closely monitor the fire area imprint,” according to the update.
Over the next 48 hours, while light rain is in the forecast, firefighters will repair equipment, resupply and rest. Sunday, the responders will fly drones and deploy infrared heat-sensing technology to check the impacts of the weather.
“This practice will also enable firefighters to determine where hotspots remain under the soil’s surface which can cause the fire to reignite,” according to the county. “Complete containment of the wildfire remains a challenge due to the difficult terrain, organic soils and heavy fuels.”
The higher humidity is expected to help hold the fire perimeter during the two-day break, but Sunday’s weather prediction could provoke the fire behavior and movement.
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