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Smoke, fog make dangerous driving conditions

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Many people faced dense fog as they drove to work Monday morning. Add heavy smoke to that fog and what you've got is a dangerous drive in Brunswick County. This was the view -- or lack thereof -- for drivers on Longwood Road Monday morning. "I thought I was going to run into a mailbox a few minutes ago, it's just that bad," one driver said. Visability at some points was about 10 feet or less. The smoke was so heavy you could barely breathe. This is what drivers had to go through this morning and it's what residents are still facing in Longwood. The Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner says there was zero visibility for a two to three mile radius around the Longwood area. And these hazardous driving conditions had people concerned about their loved ones. Brunswick County resident IV Cribb said, "I came through to see if my daughter and grandson made it through the smoke and traffic and didn't have no accident." Brunswick County resident Sharon Crawford said, "Earlier when I came out here, thank God, I was riding real slow. I almost hit a truck. If I was going the speed limit there's no way I would have stopped in time." The smoky conditions combined with the fog did prove to be a problem for a number of drivers. Garner said, "About six this morning we started getting calls about numerous accidents. We've had about 6 accidents in the area. We've had multiple people, about three people transported out." "My brother-in-law called about an hour ago and told me he had gotten into a wreck. He was part of that five car pile up back there." The fire marshal says all the injuries were minor -- a relief for IV Cribb. "I found out that there was no serious accidents reported so I'm going on home pretty shortly," Cribb said. North Carolina Forestry Service sent a plane to fly over the area. It found the source was one controlled burn. The forestry service is looking into whether there was a permit for that burn. There is a burn ban in effect in Brunswick County -- but it only applies to 100 feet around a structure. Garner asked the state to re-instate the full ban in his county, but the state denied that request.

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