Marsh Fire Smoking Out Outer Banks

The family was getting ready to head to the pool for the day and while letting the dogs out around 10:30 am, I noticed large billows of smoke. At first, I thought it was a storm, but then it looked like a bomb had exploded in the air. The smoke was coming from the Sound so we hopped in the Jeep and headed to Bay Drive for further inspection.

According to WAVY-TV 10, “A marsh fire burning in Colington Harbor on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was reportedly sparked by fireworks.”

There was light traffic on Bay Drive, as it seemed like everyone wanted to see what was happening. Kill Devil Hills fire trucks were at Dock Street at the boat ramp, so we went to the gazebo at Hayman Street. We watched a small area of marsh flare up and the smoke was spreading westerly. We took the By-pass back to the house, and you could barely see the KDH water tower.

The air started getting worse as the smoke started filling in, Kill Devil Hills seemed to be almost completely under siege. Once we got home, you could smell the smoke in the air. We headed inside and we’re waiting to see what happens before we make plans for the rest of the day.

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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