At approximately 2:30 Sunday afternoon, the Rocky Mount Fire Department responded to a call from a resident reporting a small fire near Meadowbrook Road. RMFD crews responded and established command at the Raleigh Street east-bound ramp to US-64 Bypass and at the intersection of Meadowbrook Road and Raleigh Street.
No structures have been damaged in this fire.
RMFD units prevented fire from reaching a convenience store at Raleigh Street and Meadowbrook Road (Jiffy Mart) as well as two houses on Raleigh Street and one house on Meadowbrook Road.
At approximately 3:00 pm, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol closed US-64 Bypass in both directions between Raleigh Street and Kingsboro Road. The four-lane highway was closed to allow firefighters to operate in the median and due to the smoke causing poor visibility on the road.
Traffic was detoured onto US-64 Alternate for approximately two hours. The US-64 Bypass east-bound entrance ramp remains closed for firefighting operations.
The fire is currently under surveillance over a land area of an estimated 50-75 acres.
The National Weather Service has estimated that wind gusts in the area are reaching 40 mph. RMFD crews will remain on site indefinitely.