Carteret County wildfire burns 550 acres, remains 75% contained

Carteret County wildfire burns 550 acres, remains 75% contained

Thick smoke continues in the area as firefighters work on containing the fire.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Tuesday marks day three of the fight against a wildfire that sparked over the weekend, scorching over 500 acres of land.

This morning, the North Carolina Forest Service says because of more accurate mapping, the Morris Marina Road Fire has burned 550 acres, up from 520 acres Monday.

Officials say the wildfire is still 75% contained. The Forest Service says today a drone will fly above the burn area to help find smoldering hotspots firefighters will continue mop-up operations. Yesterday, firefighters reinforced containment lines along Radar Road.

Officials say voluntary evacuations started Sunday afternoon for the 20 homes threatened in the Atlantic area of Down East Carteret County.

WITN Meteorologists say rain chances will be scarce until the weekend. The area of high pressure will suppress cloud cover and afternoon rain chances, which could push the region closer to drought.

The Forest Service says the winds will continue to push inland, however, improvements in visibility and air quality are expected soon.

The fire so far has consumed 520 acres.

The fire so far has consumed 520 acres.

Smoke from the 520 acres burned Monday morning has laid across the area and is moving east, according to NC Forest Service

Smoke from the 520 acres burned Monday morning has laid across the area and is moving east, according to NC Forest Service

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Down East Fire Department shared a post on social media about residents evacuating as of 8 p.m. Sunday, asking people to leave the area around Morris Marina Road and Old Cedar Island Road.

Crews started battling a fire in Carteret County Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Crews started battling a fire in Carteret County Sunday, June 16, 2024.

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