Update: Highway 17 Remains Closed Because Of Dense Smoke

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

State foresters say that massive fire burning in Camden County is now 50% contained. The McPherson Road fire so far has burned 1700 acres and is the largest from Sunday's outbreak.

Another big fire still burning is the Dillons Ridge fire in Tyrrell County. That 800 acre fire is now 60% contained. A 1500 acre fire in Halifax County is now 75% contained.

Statewide there have been 388 fires since Sunday, burning 9954 acres of woodlands.

Smoke from the Camden County fire has shut down Highway 17 in both directions today. The D.O.T. expects the road to be closed through Wednesday morning.

Detours have been set up via Highway 158, NC 168 or NC 32 to travel between North Carolina and Virginia.

The state also says thick smoke from the fires is also causing low visibility on NC 168 in Currituck County.

Forestry spokesman Brian Haines says crews hope to have these fires out in a couple of days. Rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Haines says while the rain is welcome, if strong winds precede the rains, that could cause them problems in extinguishing the fires.

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