NEW DETAILS: Beaufort County Brush Fire Evacuee Speaks

Forestry officials in the east say one of Monday's several brush fires could have been intentionally set.

It happened in Beaufort County about 10 miles east of Aurora.

Crews spent Tuesday on marshy land putting out hotspots.

Wildlife resource crews boated out to a place of concern off of Sneads Creek where they worked to get the 350 acre blaze under control.

Four homes were evacuated Monday.

One of those evacuees says his dream house was close to going up in flames.

He says he and his family are back at home and spent the Monday afternoon at an area park where they could be safe from the fire.

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N.C. Forestry officials say a brush fire that started in Beaufort County is still burning and crews will continue to monitor it overnight before attacking it again Tuesday.

Flames and smoke combined to form the massive inferno off Tetterton Road in Aurora Monday afternoon.

The North Carolina Forestry estimates more than 350 acres of woods and marsh have burned. Smoke billowed for hours forcing some nearby residents from the Summerise development to leave their homes.

Dean Lucas with N.C. Forestry says, "We're gonna try to secure some of the stuff that we haven't been able to during the day due to the weather and possibly set up a game plan to finish it off the first thing in the morning."

Authorities says the investigation into how the fire started is continuing but they believe foul play may be involved.


Voluntary home evacuations have taken place as a major brush fire is burning in eastern Beaufort County.

Some 250 acres are on fire off Old Cambell's Creek Road outside of Aurora.
Several fire departments and the state foresters are on the scene of that fire.

Three homes in the Summerise subdivision were voluntarily evacuated because of the fire which right now is burning in nearby woods and swamps.

Beaufort County fire marshal Curtis Avery says so far no one has been hurt and no buildings lost.

In Washington County, thick smoke closed all lanes of Highway 64 east of Plymouth. Crews blocked off the road at McNair Road, that's near Pines Elementary School. The east-bound lanes of the highway have since reopened.

The Division of Forest Resources says multiple volunteers from three stations, along with state crews are battling the blaze east of Plymouth in Washington County.

The state has two plows and three engines at the fire, along with two planes dropping fire retardant . Roper fire crews tell WITN News that the fire has consumed some 25-30 acres, but it's now contained.

One volunteer firefighter became overheated at the scene.

Another fire in Jones County, out of Pollocksville, scorched 6 acres on Trent Acres Road.

Fire departments from several counties responded and kept the quick moving flames from damaging several nearby homes.

Authorities say the Pollocksville fire started around 1:30 p.m. by a man burning debris. The wind of humidity caused the fire to jump the road and threaten the homes.

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