Weather Exacerbates Fires

Emergency services officials say a significant forest fire burned in the Piney Green Road section of Onslow County. Residents were urged to stay away from the area and use an alternate route. Smoke from the fire affected visibility on Highway 24 and Piney Green. Along the Onslow Pender County line, forestry helicopters and planes were overhead battling nearly 90 acres of land up in flames. Fire crews along with the air support, worked on the forest fire all afternoon. Forestry officials say, they were able to respond relatively quickly to the fire because the planes were already in the area dealing with another fire that has been burning in Pender County since Monday.