Rocky Mount Firefighters Battle 75 acre Wildfire

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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.