Fire Consumes Several Acres In Eastern Carolina

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A lit cigarette thrown out a vehicle window may be to blame for a brush fire Monday.

The fire burned an estimated four to five acres between Belhaven and Leechville in Beaufort County.

Forestry Service Officials and 5 other area departments responded to the fire along Highway 264 East.

The N.C. Division of forest resources says just over 76 hundred acres have burned in wildfires in the state so far this year.


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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    The problem is that unless an officer sees it, they cant do a thing about it. I asked a police officer if it would help turning in the tag numbers of people speeding thru my neighborhood and I was told they cant do a thing unless they see it. But who knows it might be different if you happen to report the person who throw out a cig that started a fire.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Betty, I'm all for writing down the tag numbers. I just wish it would do something or make a difference.
  • by me on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    witn how about where along 264 this fire was located? as you know 264 east runs a long way through the east!
  • by betty Location: cortland on Mar 24, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I agree with Concerned Citizen. It happens all the time some jerk throwing their cigarette butts from the car window. I think we all should start writing down the tag numbers of these cars and report them to the police. Maybe if they get enough of the tags numbers they'll start finding these jerks.
  • by Hyde Resident Location: Hyde Co. on Mar 23, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Good god. Stop throwing your crap out the window people! You've got ashtrays in your cars! USE THEM!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: greenville on Mar 23, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    But yet on any given day I can go for a ride and see at least one cigarette thrown from a car window. More so if you get on the highway or on back roads.
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