After more than a week of nearly continuous firefighting, Carteret County Forest Ranger Brent Toler of the N.C. Forest Service isn’t quite ready to declare victory over the spate of blazes that sprung up in locations from Newport to Down East.
But, he said Thursday, “All our fires got some helpful rain (Wednesday). We still have some hot spots to watch and monitor.”
He added that predictions of rain over the weekend and into next week as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches from the south and east are a good sign the tinder-box conditions will ease, at least some.
“Some of that rain would definitely help with the fire danger,” he said. “Good rain fell, but some areas are so dry it needs more.”