Duplin County fire fully contained

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A forest fire in the east is now fully contained.

The NC Forestry Service says firefighters contained the 60-acre wildfire that ignited in Duplin County over the weekend.

Officials say there is still an active fire within the containment line. Crews are currently working to lessen the severity of the hot spots.

Anthony Kornegay, North Carolina Forest Service says, "Dry as it is in Duplin County, the fire is actually burning down in the ground."

Officials say the fire will remain active until there is significant rainfall.

Emmett Stroud, Deputy Fire Marshal says, "It's going to take 2 to 3 good solid soaking inches to make this better."

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.



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A double containment line has been drawn for a 75-acre fire here in the east.

Officials say there's still an active fire within the containment line with tremendous smoke around the area.

The NC Forestry Service is working to control the fire. Duplin County first responders have been released from the scene.

Deputy Fire Marshall Emmett Stroud confirmed that the approximately 75-acre fire began around 2:30 p.m. near Pasture Branch Road in Duplin County on Saturday.

The area will be considered active for the next seven days or until significant rainfall.


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Duplin County officials say at least one firefighter has been taken to the hospital as a result of a large fire they continue to battle.

Deputy Fire Marshall Emmett Stroud confirmed that the approximately 75-acre fire began around 2:30 p.m. near Pasture Branch Road in Duplin County Saturday.

He says that one firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, while at least two others were treated at the scene.

North Carolina Forestry Services are currently on sight plowing the perimeter of the fire in an effort to contain its blaze.

Three residences and one poultry farm remain at the head of the fire. However, officials do not believe they are in jeopardy as long as their lines of containment hold.

Stroud adds that in addition to the NC Forestry Service, the Duplin County Fire Marshal, Duplin County EMS, and 10 volunteer fire departments are on scene.

There is no time-frame for when the fire is expected to be put out.

Officials say no burn ban has been instituted, however, it is an ongoing topic of discussion at this time.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.