Croatan National Forest Wildfire In Carteret County 100% Contained

A wildfire that was discovered Friday evening in Carteret County is 100% contained according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

Officials say that the "Woodpecker Fire" is contained except for a few hot spots in the affected areas. The blaze was discovered by a helicopter Friday night around 6:00 in the area of Pettiford Creek near Highways 24 and 58 in Carteret County.

We're told that around 1100 acres burned, including fires set by the forest service to aid in containment.

The cause is under investigation.

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A wildfire discovered Friday night by a helicopter conducting a prescribed burn on the opposite end of the Croatan National Forest, has burned around 1100 acres so far. Officials say the fire is around 60% contained.

Dennis Register with the NC Forest Service says that the fire was discovered around 6:00 last night in the area of Pettiford Creek near Highway 24 and Highway 58 in Carteret County. We’re told that 700 acres burned Friday night, and another 400 has burned so far today.

Register says that 20 firefighters with the state and U.S. Forest Service are not actively attacking the fire, because natural barriers and pre-existing firelines are helping to contain it. It’s expected the fire will burn itself out in a few hours with some residual smoke in the area.

Officials say there’s always potential for the fire to jump the containment line, but that it is being closely monitored. Register says that residents in the area have no need to worry.

We're told the fire has nothing to do with a prescribed burn that took place Friday off of Middle Little Road and Briery Branch Road.