Firefighters with Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services, Onslow County Emergency Services, Swansboro Fire Department and Piney Green and Rhodestown volunteer fire departments sent 14 people and three fire trucks to help in the western part of the state.
Onslow County has sent 14 volunteers and three fire trucks to help North Carolina’s western communities battle the Party Rock forest fire that’s burned since Nov. 5.
As of Sunday night more than 3,400 acres had burned, according to goupstate.com, the website of The Daily News’ sister paper the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal. The fire was burning across 2,312 acres and was only 25 percent contained.
While the fire is moving slowly, N.C. Forest Service spokesman Bill Swartley told GoUpstate the weather conditions are going to be in favor of spreading with strong winds expected this week.
“The Office of the State Fire Marshal made a request to fire agencies in eastern North Carolina Fire for 50 engines and 200 personnel to assist with structural protection related to the wildfire.” Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services Chief Spencer Lee told The Daily News.
A request for volunteers was circulated and firefighters with Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services, Onslow County Emergency Services, Swansboro Fire Department and Piney Green and Rhodestown volunteer fire departments sent 14 people and three fire trucks to help.
It’s what fire departments do.
In 2011, Onslow and Pender counties needed aid locally when 40,000 acres were burned because of a forest fire in the Holly Shelter Game Lands, located off of U.S. 17 between Holly Ridge and Hampstead, said Onslow County Emergency Services Director Norman Bryson.
Help from as far away from Lenoir and Johnston counties came then, he said. Communities should be there for each other in times of need.
“There may be a time that we need that same mutual aid,” he said.
The local crews and equipment sent to help in the western part of the state are expected to return on Saturday.