Both blazes are contained
Firefighters continue to work on separate forest fires in the Croatan National Forest.
The largest of the fires, dubbed the Mother’s Day Fire, has burned about 81 acres, which includes burnout operations from firefighters in an attempt to control the blaze. It is located in the woods about four miles southwest of Newport and about eight miles west of Morehead City.
As of Tuesday, the fire was 100 percent contained but not controlled. N.C. Forest Service and Cherry Point firefighters, including one bulldozer and three engines, are working on mop-up of the fire.
The second fire, dubbed the Millis Swamp Fire, has burned 2.6 acres and is located about five miles west of Newport. It is 100 percent contained but not controlled.
The forest service reports that the causes of both fires are under investigation.
A helicopter and plane continue to patrol the fires to check on containment.
The weather is expected to remain dry through the weekend, and the forest service is urging residents to be careful with any outdoor burning.