Short update on the North Carolina Wildfire and Red Wolves

The wildfire that ignited in Dare County last week is still burning, as many coastal residents were reminded last night when the wind changed and brought smoke inland. Fortunately, the incident command is reporting that the fire is more than 50% contained, has not reached the town of Stumpy Point, and did not penetrate to deeply into the bombing range. The fire is not expected to spread much more. InciWeb has been provided the most up-to-date information thus far.

I checked in with representatives from the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the North Carolina Nature Conservancy regarding the status of the last wild population of Red Wolves. While the fire is burning through a portion of their range, there is currently no cause for concern. One possible issue is that red wolves caught in the area may find themselves in the middle of thousands of acres of denuded forest with limited food and shelter. Fortunately, the Red Wolf range extends across five counties, of which the fire is only affecting a small portion, and the species is adapted to exploit fire dominated ecosystems.


  1. BillyBob · May 12, 2011

    Since we’ve re-introduced wolves in a lot of places, how about re-introducing dire wolves? I’ve been watching “Game of Thrones” on HBO and they look pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want a loyal, telepathic killing machine to protect you and do your bidding? It’s about time science got off it’s lazy ass and did something useful!

    • Southern Fried Scientist · May 12, 2011

      I think the people of California might be opposed to packs of Canis dirus roaming the streets of L.A. Of course, opposition to reintroducing the red wolf was pretty fierce, too.

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