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Hyde County wildfire has burned 1,938 acres, 24% contained

The Ferebee Road Fire in Hyde County has burned over 1,900 acres and is 24% contained. More than 80 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working the fire. According to a news release, water is flowing from the canals near New Lake into the south end of the fire area. Crews are nearing completion of pump installations at Gamble Road and expect to begin pumping water from Phelps Lake sometime Wednesday. Crews have relied heavily on a firefighting technique called “potato patching” to widen break lines, essentially creating a border between the wildfire and the vegetative fuels that feed the fire. No injuries and no structural damage have occurred since the wildfire started from a lightning strike on June 19th.