NC Forest Service shares Carteret Co. brush fire consumes 520 acres, 75% contained

NC Forest Service shares Carteret Co. brush fire consumes 520 acres, 75% contained

The forest service says thick smoke has laid down in the area and is pushing east.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Over the weekend, a brush fire sparked the evacuation of residents and scorched over 500 acres of land.

This morning the NC Forest Service says the wildfire has burned 520 acres and is 75% contained. The forest service says today firefighters will reinforce containment lines along Radar Road.

Officials say voluntary evacuations started Sunday afternoon for the 20 homes threatened.

WITN Meteorologists say rain chances will be scarce until the weekend due to an area of high pressure settled over the Chesapeake. 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 thick smoke has laid down in the area and is pushing east.

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.

The forest service says there are 11 people, four tractor-plow units, and one drone from the N.C. Forest Service, along with four people and two marsh master’s from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working the situation.

This is a developing story. We will have more details as they become available.

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