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“North Carolina has a strong emergency response system with dedicated firefighters and other personnel who are ready, but if we face a substantial fire that threatens lives and critical facilities, we can ask FEMA for funding assistance,” Easley said. “This agreement fast tracks that paperwork process.”
This is the first time North Carolina has participated in the FEMA fire grant program. It is regularly used by states, such as those in the western part of the United States, where wildfires are more common.
Of course, the main reason for the ban is the continued drought, and there's an updated report out today on the extent of the drought. The drought areas are largely unchanged from last week. The effect of rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday won't be seen until next week because the drought monitor reports cut of at 7am Tuesday morning for the report which is released each Thursday. 49-percent of North Carolina is still in D-4, or Exceptional Drought, the most severe status. the northern extent of that area follows the south Wilkes county line. All of Wilkes but the northeast corner is in D-3 or Extreme drought conditions, with the northeast corner being in D-2, or severe drought. 100-percent of North Carolina is experiencing one of those three stages of drought.
As a multitude of fires statewide over the weekend, including two large ones in Wilkes, proved, fires can spread quickly when grass and timber is as dry as it has become.
Investigators said the aircraft continued banking to the left and started climbing again before nose-diving out of the clouds and crashing into a back yard near the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport. The wreckage fell in a neighborhood of at least 40 to 50 homes; however, no one on the ground was injured. The Feb. 1 crash killed all six people on board.
The final report on the crash is expected in about a year.
Last week's report from the U.S. Drought Monitor found that the entire state is under exceptional, extreme or severe drought. More than 49 percent of the state is under exceptional drought - the most severe category - and those conditions extend across the middle of the state, from Rocky Mount to Asheville to Charlotte. Rain that fell Tuesday and Wednesday brought up to 2 inches to some parts of the state.
But climate forecasters with the National Weather Service still expect the next three months to be dryer than normal as the La Nina phenomenon continues to influence weather patterns across the Southeast.
The state burn ban affects all burning outside a 100-foot radius of any occupied stucuture. Local and county officials have not indiciated so far they intend to implent the ban within their area of control, the first 100-feet out from buildings.
Trooper Grogan tells me the 2007 Peterbilt was pulling a trailer full of waste liquid from the Tyson plan here in Wilkesboro. The wreck happened about 7:30 this morning just south of Red White and Blue Road, and closed the southbound lanes until about 2:15 this afternoon. That was so another truck could be brought in to pump the waste out of the overturned trailer, then heavy equipment could be used to right the semi and trailer. Hospital officials have not released the driver's condition, and Grogan says it's not clear what caused the man to drift off the inside edge of the road.