Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NC congressman seeks investigation of forest fire.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones contacts U.S. Forest Service for action in Croatan fire.

  Walter B. Jones

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina congressman is seeking an investigation into the fire that's burned more than 21,000 acres in a national forest.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones wrote the supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina asking for an investigation of the prescribed burn that led to the fire in the Croatan National Forest.

The Forest Service did a prescribed burn in the 160,000-acre forest last week. Jones says he's concerned that the fire is hurting tourism and public health.

Smoke from the blaze has prompted the state Division of Air Quality to issue a Code Red advisory for portions of Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties, and a Code Orange warning for Beaufort, Craven, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Jones and Washington counties.