Monday, May 16, 2011

Dare County Wildfire.

On Thursday, May 5, lightening struck a tree in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and started a fire near Pains Bay at the border of Hyde and Dare Counties. On our way to Danville that weekend, we did notice some smoke way off in the distance but didn't know what had happened until later. For the past week, the Outer Banks has been smoke-free; however, this weekend the wind shifted and a southwest wind pushed smoke over the Outer Banks. Already the fire has consumed more than 25,000 acres. When you walk outside, it smells like one giant barbecue.
I lifted this photo, by Dwight Snow, from the Outer Banks Voice. It's a terra torch and by golly I want one. If I order now, will it get here in time for touron season? For more wildfire information, check out recent articles in the Outer Banks Voice: See here and here.

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