Forest Fire Forces Families Out Of Homes: Officials Suspect Arson

A forest fire along Highway 24 between Richlands and Jacksonville forced the evacuation of 33 families Thursday afternoon. Fire officials say the fire broke out around two o'clock. The fire was contained shortly after six and all the families evacuated were able to return to their homes. A total of 75 acres burned and Onslow County Forestry Service officials speculate it could be arson.