It took multiple crews several hours to control a blaze that spread to about 35 acres Monday in Washington County.
Authorities they think a cigarette thrown out a car window heading west on U.S. 64 is what caused the massive blaze.
The fire started around 3:00 p-m in a wooded area between Highway 64-east and NC 32 north.
Firefighters say flames threatened several homes but fortunately nothing was damaged and there were no injuries.
Highway 64 was shutdown for several hours while crews battled the blaze, but the fire is now under control and all roads are open.