About 200 acres has burned
A wildfire burned about 200 acres in the Croatan National Forest off N.C. 24 near Broad Creek in Carteret County on Friday.
The fire, called the Millis Swamp Fire by the forest service, was burning about nine miles northeast of Cape Carteret between Millis Road, Pringle Road and N.C. 24 in the Broad Creek area of Carteret County, according to a release from the Croatan National Forest. The location is just south of where Nine Mile Road intersects N.C. 24.
No structures are at risk from the fire, according to the release.
Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and N.C. Forest Service worked to put out the flames, but as of Friday afternoon, the fire had not been contained, according to the release. The forest service expected the fire to be contained at about 1,300 acres sometime late Friday.
The 20-person Asheville Interagency Hotshot Crew is also working on the fire. Three engines, three tractor plows and a helicopter have also been used to fight the fire.
The cause of the fire was not known and under investigation, according to the release.
The forest service advises those in the area as well as travelers on N.C. 24 that smoke may be in the area near the fire. Residents should also avoid the area of the fire for their own safety and the safety of those fighting the fire, according to the release.
A planned prescribed burn that was scheduled for Friday along Hibbs Road in Newport was postponed.