Camp Lejeune brush fire 100% contained; road reopens

Large brush fire burning at Camp Lejeune
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 10:21 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2023 at 12:04 PM EST
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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) - That huge brush fire burning at Camp Lejeune is now fully contained and the base has reopened a closed road.

The fire started around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Marines say flames began to strengthen around 6:00 p.m.

Fire Chief Christopher Parker says 3,000 acres of land burned in the fire which could be seen for miles from the base.

Marines Road on Thursday morning reopened to traffic.

The heart of the fire was just off Marines Road near an Explosive Ordinance Disposal training ground. Parker says the fire likely started because of the combination of warm weather, lower humidity, and high winds.

“Well my first thought was I hope there’s no Marines getting trapped or caught behind it,” said Sneads Ferry resident Nancy Hendrick. Hendrick says she took video from her private dock Tuesday evening.

Officials say no buildings were damaged, and no Marines were injured.

Camp Lejeune says 100 firefighters across 8 different agencies helped fight the flames.

With little rain expected over the next few days, the base said smoke could linger especially as winds are predicted to shift bringing it over the French Creek and Hadnot Point areas of Camp Lejeune.