Wildfire in Croatan National Forest contained

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 08:46 AM.

A wildfire that began Friday night in the Croatan National Forest is now 100 percent contained, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service.

Fire managers will continue to monitor small pockets of smoldering embers but believe there is very little chance of fire spreading to other areas, according to a release issued Monday.

The fire started off Bogue Road near N.C. 24 in Newport. The cause of the wildfire is still under investigation, according to the release.

The wildfire grew to more than 1,100 acres over the weekend. About 700 acres are in the national forest, with about 450 acres on private land. On Saturday, firefighters back-burned areas to control the wildfire.

Nearly 20 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, N.C. Forest Service, volunteer fire departments, Department of Defense and other agencies fought the wildfire over Easter weekend.

No injuries or property damage were reported. 

Meanwhile, the forest service plans to conduct a prescribed burn today near Gray Road just outside Havelock. The burn is designed to reduce the amount of underbrush that could fuel a potentially dangerous wildfire while also improving habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restoring the longleaf pine ecosystem.



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