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.
The 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.
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.
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.