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Air Force: NC Air Guardsmen killed while fighting wildfires flew into wind burst

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Four crew members aboard a North Carolina Air National Guard plane fighting Western wildfires were killed last summer because the crew misjudged conditions and flew into a wind burst that slammed them to the ground, an Air Force crash report says. Full story...
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Rain helps as Pender Co. fire lingers into third month

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videoThe Juniper Road Fire in Pender County is close to being 100 percent contained. The NC Forest Service just passed command of the fire to the local office in Whiteville; a move made possible by improved containment and fewer crews fighting the fire. Full story...
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Crews battling wildfires burned out after weeks on duty

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video Fighting along a fire line for weeks at a time is a challenging task. Many of the crews battling a wildfire in Pender County have been at it for more than a month straight. Full story...
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Pender fires slow; smoke still a problem

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The Pender County wildfires have slowed down slightly, but are not done burning yet. Full story...
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Smoke, fog to stick around till afternoon

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A dense smoke advisory is in effect for our area until 11 a.m. The smoke from the Juniper Road Fire burning in the Holly Shelter Game Land has combined with fog to reduce visibility significantly. Full story...
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As smoke moves south, crews make progress on Pender fire

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video Waking up this morning you may have smelled or seen smoke where you live. As winds in the Cape Fear region shifted, smoke from the Pender County fires is pushing southward affecting residents down the coast and across the state line. Full story...
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Visitors say Pender wildfires no reason to cancel holiday beach plans

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video Crews fighting wildfires in Pender County set controlled burns today to try and get rid of fuel for the flames. Many folks traveling to the area may be worried if their holiday plans will be ruined because of the fire and smoke. But tourists who have already made their way to the area say there is nothing to worry about. Full story...
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Pender County Commission approves fireworks despite raging wildfires

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video Although 22,000 acres are still on fire in Pender County as of Monday evening, some folks say the show must go on. Full story...
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Rain could hinder work on Pender Co. fire lines

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Fire officials say 19 homes have been evacuated from a wildfire that has moved from Sampson County into Pender County. Full story...
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Pender County wildfires continue to burn, force residents to evacuate

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video There is another significant wildfire that has moved into Pender County. The Blueberry Farm Fire has rekindled and broken containment lines causing evacuations. Full story...
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Eastern North Carolina wildfires take toll on the public's health in coastal counties

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The NC Division of Public Health has been monitoring hospital visits for acute respiratory conditions in the Piedmont and Eastern regions of the state and has observed an increase in visits to hospital emergency departments in the following coastal counties for the week of June 18-24: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Dare, New Hanover and Pender. Full story...
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Cumberland fire possibly lit by controlled burn

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The owner of land ravaged by a still-burning fire in Cumberland County says she believes the fire started as a controlled burn and is questioning why state officials permitted it in the first place. Full story...
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Weather provides break from wildfires

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Cooler temperatures and higher humidity today gave firefighters a much needed break. Full story...
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Cumberland County blaze ravages nearly 1,000 acres

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A wildfire spreading across nearly 1,000 acres in Cumberland County is being fueled by dry brush and pines. Full story...
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Crews keep eye on big Pender Co. fire

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video Much of North Carolina is under a burn ban, and for good reason. The combination of wind, low humidity and warm temperatures made Pender County ripe for wildfires this weekend. Full story...
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