Public Protection Cabinet
Firefighters Return from North Carolina

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 27, 2008  
Contact Information:  Lynn Brammer, 502-695-4496  


     A crew of 13 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) will be returning home shortly after spending two weeks fighting a massive fire in eastern North Carolina.  A replacement crew will be sent to continue with suppression efforts on the Evans Road Fire located in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. 

     According to Bernie Andersen, fire management chief for KDF, eastern North Carolina is experiencing a moderate drought and normal summer rainfall will not extinguish the groundfire.  The suppression effort will likely be long term unless a tropical storm system drops several inches of rain on the area in a short period of time.  The fire has burned 41,060 acres and is now 75 percent contained.

     The Kentucky Division of Forestry has been a committed member of the Southeastern Compact since 1954.  The compact is a group of 13 states that provides firefighting assistance to members in times of need.  Member states agree to assist each other to the extent possible, dependent upon their own state’s fire status.  Personnel who volunteer for compact detail are generally assigned to an area for 14 days.  The state(s) providing the assistance are reimbursed for all personnel and equipment costs. 

     Leah MacSwords, director of KDF, said Kentucky currently has stable wildfire conditions.  “We are fortunate to have skilled wildland firefighters and equipment to share with other states,” said MacSwords.  Several KDF personnel were also recently sent to Texas and Georgia.     

     Forestry officials encourage public land managers, landowners and homeowners to help prevent wildland fires.  For information about fire prevention, visit the Kentucky Firewise Web site at http://www.forestry.ky.gov /programs/firewise/ or contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry office at 502-564-4496.

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Editors Note:  Photos of the Evans Road Fire may be viewed on the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources Web site:

http://www.dfr.state.nc.us/galleries/2008evansroad/evans_road_01.htm