HAMPSTEAD — Firefighting efforts continued over the weekend on a wildfire that broke out on the Holly Shelter Game Lands. Initially started from a lightning strike on Aug. 2, the Juniper Road Two Fire was reignited Aug. 10.
Crews totaling 59 N.C. Forest Service personnel have held the fire to 1,226 acres, originally estimated to be 2,000. The blaze is also at 43% containment at this time.
Resources include 14 tractor plows, two single-engine air tankers, one helicopter, one low ground pressure track vehicle — designed to travel through soft, wet, water-logged areas, which the game lands contain — and one lead plane.
Aviation operations conducted water drops over the weekend to extinguish “pockets within the fire imprint.” Weather conditions predict rainfall this week will help with fire suppression efforts, according to officials.
A temporary flight restriction is still in place for all aircraft within 5 miles of the fire. Officials ask the public to stay away from the roads into Holly Shelter Game Land to make it safer and easier for crews to enter and exit the location.
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