Officials Remain On Fire Alert In Eastern Carolina

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The danger of more wildfires was back today in most of Eastern Carolina, but as of late afternoon, very few new fires were reported.

Thick smoke in Camden County prompted officials to delay the start of the school day by two hours Monday. Camden County Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders estimated the fire to be as large as 500 acres.

Crews across the East battled wildfires Sunday. A spokesman says crews contained more than 100 brush fires pushed by high winds across North Carolina and utilities say power knocked out by gusts was being restored.

North Carolina forestry spokesman Brian Haines said Monday that crews worked through the night to control fires. Haines said some fires were caused when power lines were blown down and others by careless trash burning.

In Beaufort County, fires flared on River Road, Slatestone Road and Waters Road. Officials said the fires in Beaufort County were contained by mid-afternoon. Although they have been called back to these scenes to put out hot spots. There has also been a house fire in the Smallwood area, unrelated to the wildfires, that has kept crews busy. We're told four more smaller brushfires broke out Sunday evening in which they responded to and controlled.

Crews in Edgecombe County were called to the scene of a fire near Conetoe, while crews in Martin County battled one on Free Union Road in Jamesville. Crews in Craven battled at least seven fires Sunday.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter last night at Hollister Elementary School for families that were evacuated from their homes in Halifax County near Medoc Mountain. About a half dozen people used the shelter before the fire was contained and residents were able to return to their homes.

Pitt County officials sent crews to help with the Edgecombe County fire, while battling two blazes of their own. As of late Sunday afternoon, the fires in Pactolus and Black Jack were contained.

Winds were around 20 miles per hour in Beaufort County Sunday afternoon, with gusts to 34 miles per hour. A Red Flag Warning and High Wind alerts were in effect but have now expired.

The mandatory evacuation for the Carolina Village neighborhood in Moyock in Currituck County has been canceled, and residents have gone back to their homes.

Crews in Tyrrell County returned to a large fire off Highway 64. A 300-acre blaze kept crews busy Sunday. That fire near Alligator is still burning this morning.

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