Firefighters are battling a 40-acre blaze that is believed to be the result of arson.


Firefighters are battling a 40-acre blaze that is believed to be the result of arson.



The fire, which has been contained, is located in the Croatan National Forest near N.C. 58 off of Old Church Road. Fire managers believe it was started in five separate areas around 5 p.m. Monday.



Fire management officers would not discuss why they suspect arson as the wildfire is currently an open investigation.



No injuries or property damage have been reported, though the fire did threaten several structures on Friday.



Firefighters from the U.S. and N.C. Forest Services as well as local volunteer fire departments worked Tuesday to put out the fire.



The arson investigation is ongoing, and fire management officers did not wish to comment further.