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Pains Bay Fire Photo Gallery 1
Water pumps at work. Large areas of fire burning in organic soils mean the ground has to be saturated to completely extinguish hot spots.
"Superfog" event at morning briefing. This combination of fog and smoke makes driving extremely hazardous.
Fire personnel checking a Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS).
Plowing units creating a fire break; an area cleared of fire fuels designed to prevent the blaze from spreading further.
The shearing effect of this smoke column is caused by the smoke reaching a layer of warmer air beyond which it cannot rise.
A sawyer at work. Upright dead trees, known as "snags" present one of the biggest dangers for firefighters in the woods.
The fire spread from the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge to the US Navy's Dare Bombing Range, an area for which the NCFS has fire control responsibility.
Trees with their root systems exposed as organic soils have burned away. They are extremely hazardous to firefighters. These have been marked for removal.
Local residents gathered for a community meeting. Such meetings are a good opportunity for the NCFS to relay information about the fire and for citizens to relay their concerns.
New life appears soon after the fire has passed. This area will be lush with vegetation again in just a few years.
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