NEW INFO: Croatan fires both contained; one cause ruled as arson

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The NC Forest Service and Carteret County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the causes of two wildfires that broke out in the Croatan National Forest on Sunday.

Officials have ruled the cause of the Mother's Day Fire as arson. They say the fire, located four miles southwest of Newport, began on private property and spread to the national forest.

The cause of the Millis Swamp Fire, five miles west of Newport, is still under investigation.

Both fires are completely contained, but residual smoke still remains.



Fires burning in the Croatan National Forest are now both contained and law enforcement has been brought in to help investigate, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The larger fire, which is four miles southwest of Newport, has grown to 82 acres. The forest service now says the Mother's Day Fire is completely contained.

The Millis Swamp Fire, five miles west of Newport, is about 2.6 acres. It also is contained.

Both fires began on Sunday and the forest service says they're leaning toward both having human involvement for the cause.


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Two wildfires are currently burning in the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County.

The US Forest Service says the Mother's Day Fire is 50 acres large and 0% contained.

The flames are burning four miles southwest of Newport and 8 miles west of Morehead City.

The Millis Swamp Fire is burning five miles west of Newport, about 2.6 acres in size. The flames are listed as 50% contained after it started on Sunday.

Crews from the US Forest Service, NC Forest Service and Marine Corps Cherry Point are working on putting out the fires.

The causes of these two fires are under investigation.