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Hyde County brush fire grows to 800 acres; only partially contained

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 7:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 1:41 PM EDT
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HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -What was first reported as a 500-acre brush fire in Hyde County has now widened to 800 acres, according to officials.

As of Monday morning, officials say what is being called the Ferebee Road Fire is 25% contained.

Several agencies are fighting the flames which started Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. near the Ponzer community.

Officials said no structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Late Monday morning there were 32 firefighters working to contain the fire.

“We don’t think there’s anything unnatural about how it started or there’s no suspicion,” said John Cook, district forester with the North Carolina Forest Service. “But until they actually find the tree where the lightning struck. We do know there was really heavy lightning in the area Thursday and Friday and usually when lightning strikes, they strike and there’s rain around but there’s not a lot of rain. You don’t know about the fire until a couple of days later when it gets the chance to sort of build up and poke its head up and we can see it. That’s very typical, about two or three days after a lightning storm when we discover something.”

The fire is not far from the site of the Evans Road Fire that burned more than 41,500 acres in 2008 and took three months to extinguish.

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