Morris Marina Road Fire still 90% contained Monday

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A brush fire burning in Carteret County for just over a week remains at 90% containment, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

The Morris Marina Road Fire started June 16 and has been 90% contained since Wednesday. The fire burned 545 acres as of Friday, down from 550 acres because of more accurate drone mapping.

Philip Jackson with the state forest service says they’re putting out hot spots within the fire area and containment lines to protect homes.

Due to thick vegetation, bulldozers are being used to help turn over dirt and expose hot spots so crews can put them out with water.

Jackson says the area’s deep organic soil is hard to put out.

A county commissioner has been charged in the fire.

The state forest service says Chris Chadwick was charged with setting the fire and the cause of the fire was a debris burn.

The 53-year-old Chadwick represents District 6 on the county commission.

Jackson says crews will continue mop-up operations and monitoring until the area gets significant rain.