Local firefighters assist during NC wildfires


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  In early October we were dealing with Hurricane Matthew, now the western part of our state is dealing with a natural disaster, wildfires.

Firefighters from our area are heading out there to give them a helping hand.

Many fire departments around the Cape Fear have sent at least a crew of four to assist others in the mountains dealing with wildfires.

“Wilmington Fire Department sent four people this morning that should be on-site or close to it by now and we are sending four more this afternoon,” Wilmington Fire Public Information Officer David Hines said.

Dispatched firefighters are not necessarily on the front lines instead they’re protecting neighborhoods.

“We go in the areas where the fire may be going to and prep the homes to try and get them ready by removing vegetation and burn leaves and limbs and all from around the house to trying to get them a buffer from the fire,” Leland Fire Assistant Chief Ronnie Hayes said.

From New Hanover County to the beach towns and from Brunswick to Bladen and Columbus counties, crews from the coast are traveling to offer help just like when departments came here during Matthew.

“We have viewed this as an opportunity to give back to the departments not only that but the fire services is part of a brotherhood and that means whenever there is a need we are willing to go,” Leland Fire Battalion Chief Brandyn Smith said.

Most crews work 12 hour shifts for a 7 day period. This will be the case until the fires are out.

Officials say there have been no fatalities or injuries reported so far.

Categories: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Local, New Hanover

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