BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Forest Service continues fighting a lightning caused wildfire in the Live Oak community in Bladen County, it has been going since June 20, 2011. The fire destroyed three homes and eleven outbuildings.
The Forest Service is using two Flextracs to access swampy portions of the fire line. Flextracs have lower ground pressure than other types of heavy equipment. The Flextracs are equipped with water tanks and pumps. They transport water into areas not accessible by bulldozers or fire engines. Evacuations were ordered on two occasions, but are no longer in effect. The fire has burned 5,632-acres and is now 70 percent contained.