NEW INFO: Croatan Forest Fire 75% Contained

A fire that began 11 days ago in the Croatan National Forest is almost contained.

Forestry officials say they got over an inch of rain this weekend. That helped put out hot spots that were still burning.

Crews say the fire is now 75% contained and has burned over 2600 acres of forest.

A helicopter with an infrared camera went up Monday to look for any more hot spots, but none were found.

The fire began due to a lightning strike outside of Newport.

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Tuesday, our cameras got an aerial view of the Croatan Forest Fire that continues to burn in Newport.

We hoped on-board a forestry service helicopter where crews surveyed the scorched black pockets of earth and dropped buckets of water on hot spots that continue to flare up.

Since it has not rained, crews had to resort to dropping water from the air 180 gallons at a time.

The fire is now 60 percent contained and has burned more that 26-hundred acres.

No homes are being threatened in the blaze, forestry crews say they need at least a couple inches of rain to help put out the fire.

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The fire in the Croatan National Forest continues to burn.

As as Tuesday morning, crews say the fire is still 60 percent contained and 2600 acres burned.

Firefighters say with no rain Monday night over the fire, several ground fires within the forest continue to burn.

The forestry service is now planning aerial bucket drops to assist with these fires and they believe these fires could produces heavy smoke in the area.

The wildfire within the Croatan National Forest in Newport is still burning, although it's 60 percent contained and not threatening area homes.

The fire started last Thursday after a lightning strike and has now burned 2,600 acres. The wildfire is only about 800 acres in size, but crews set additional land on fire to stop it from spreading within the forest or near area homes.

Monday, forestry helicopters circled above the area trying to find hot spots. The goal is to keep the fire from spreading to nearby area homes -- hopefully with some help from mother nature.

Fire crews from the forest service, Cherry Point, and area fire departments will continue to monitor the fire throughout the week.

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