CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WNCT) – Several agencies worked two separate forest fires in Carteret County Sunday afternoon.
Carteret County Ranger Brent Toler told WNCT that both fires were in the Newport area. The first fire was reported just before 1 p.m. Sunday on 9 Mile Road and Sam Hatcher Road.
Toler said the fire was active as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday and covered about 10 acres. An aircraft was being utilized to drop fire retardant. Several homes were threatened, but no one was evacuated.
The second forest fire was reported just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Lake Road. Crews quickly gained control of that fire, but were still working on it late Sunday afternoon. No homes or businesses were in the immediate area.
No injuries were reported in either fire. The cause of both fires is under investigation.
Anyone traveling near the Newport area may see heavy smoke. Toler advised residents to stay clear of the area if possible.