UPDATE: Crews Continuing To Monitor Carteret, Onslow Fires

The North Carolina Forest Service says fresh sets of crews are headed out into the field this morning to check on three different fires that started burning Monday afternoon.

Derek Moore, the NC Forest Service District Manager, says the fire near Lake Rd. in the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County flared up around 4 a.m. Tuesday and required crews to go in. However, Moore says the location is once again under control.

No overnight issues were reported at the fire near Hankison Dr. What caused those fires is under investigation, Moore said.

Meanwhile, the NC Forest Service thinks campers might have started another blaze in Onslow County that threatened a church before it was contained. Moore says a fire started on private land at the Onslow-Carteret-Jones County line around 4 p.m. Monday. That fire, like the other two, was contained around 8 p.m., according to Moore.

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Fire crews remained in the Croatan National Forest in Carteret County early Tuesday after fighting two fires there Monday evening. Fortunately, no flare-ups have been reported at this time, according to Carteret County dispatchers.

Crews monitored two separate fires that they had contained Monday evening, near Lake Rd. and Hankison Dr. A total of seven homes were threatened by the fire Monday, but officials say no one ended up needing to evacuate.

WITN Meteorologist Jim Howard says the fire danger is low today, thanks to light winds and increasing humidity.

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Two back to back fires in the Croatan National Forest Monday night made for scary moments for several people as seven homes were threatened.

James Cherry, the district fire management officer with the U.S. Forest Service, says there were two fires that started about 5:00 p.m. in Carteret County. He says the one near Lake Road grew to about eight acres and threatened four mobile homes. Another near Hankison Drive threatened three houses.

Cherry says no one had to be evacuated thanks to the quick work of the U.S. and North Carolina Forest Service and Wildwood and Broad and Gales Creek fire departments.

It took about four hours to contain the fires. Crews are monitoring the fire for any flare ups.

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