Carteret County wildfire remains 90% contained, burned 545 acres

Carteret County wildfire remains 90% contained, burned 545 acres

Officials say Cartetert County Commissioner Chris Chadwick is responsible for causing the fire that threatened homes and charred the land.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The fight to contain a wildfire in the east continues into the start of the weekend.

The North Carolina Forest Service says the scorched acreage has dropped to 545 acres from 550 acres because of more accurate drone mapping. However, it is still only 90% contained.

Officials say Carteret County Commissioner Chris Chadwick has been cited and charged for causing the fire that threatened homes and charred the land.

They say the cause of the fire was a debris burn. The 53-year-old Chadwick, of Stacy, represents District 6 on the county commission.

According to the North Carolina General Assembly, Statute 14-140.1 that Chadwick is facing reads:

Today their efforts continue as officials say the Forest Service will put out hot spots, improve containment lines, and mop-up operations along the fire’s edge, homes nearby, and Radar Road.

Over the last five days, the Forest Service says emergency personnel have used a drone to fly above the burn area to help find smoldering hotspots firefighters will continue mop-up operations, while 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 low into the weekend and have issued a First Alert Weather Day for Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to the heat. They say building heat, humidity will cause triple-digit heat indexes for many hours.

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

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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