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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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Buzz, gotcha man! Don't want another one of those lightning strikes start another rediculous wildfire. It was so bad, even people up in the mountains and up around DC had smoke get to where they are living.
  • by Native Location: Aurora on Mar 10, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    The fire is NOT near PCS. It is east of Aurora. And it is not Sneads Creek, it's Snodes Creek. And shame on the low life that set this fires! And many thanks to the fire fighters.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 10, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    I was standing in my stepfather's yard this morning.. and four dogs trotted by coughing. That smoke smell in Pantego almost made my lungs burst.
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    normally most fire activity in eastern NC happens Mar-May due to lower humidities and spring winds. However due to the on-going drought conditions the state is experiencing severe fire conditions all year long. The fire in Hyde/Wahington county was caused by a lightning strike from the night before. Early june we experienced about 10 days of the worst lightning activity that eastern NC has had for quite some time. This year will probably be a repeat due to the weather patterns in place. So, if you know an an indian rain dance now would be the time. Buzz-
  • by David Lilley Location: Pantego NC on Mar 10, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    When did it happened Tuesday or Monday? I live in Pantego,Beaufort County. Is it coming here or not. PS:Is it dangerous?Were people killed?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    What is up with all the wildfires in Eastern North Carolina in the winter? I thought that was supposed to be a summertime thing. I just hope we never get anything like that Hyde County wildfire ever again. That had my eyes hurting bad and I could not even do anything outside that I enjoy doing, cause it was so bad. That wasted a few good days of fishing, swimming, wakeboarding, golfing, and beach time. Lets giturdun firefighters.
  • by plymouth on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    this guy was real smart not!! who would burn debris on a day like yesterday with the wind was blowing hard some people just lack common sense anymore he needs to be fined and to do alot of community service until it is paid off.
  • by Tiffany Location: Havelock on Mar 9, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    I was wondering why there were ashes falling from the sky today. Looked like a snow flurry!
  • by Anonymous Location: Aurora on Mar 9, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    Im a firefighter who helped with this fire and it didnt start from someone "burning debris" But foul play is thought to be the cause.
  • by Beth Location: New Bern on Mar 9, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    I would like to thank the NC Forestry Service and the local fire fighters working to control this fire. I appreciate your dedication and hard work.
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