Two fires burning in Croatan National Forest; both contained

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — Firefighters are responding to two wildfires in the Croatan National Forest.

A fire located four miles southwest of Newport and eight miles west of Morehead City fire officials are referring to as the Mother’s Day Fire started Sunday and as of Tuesday morning covered 81 acres.

The fire is 100 percent contained but not controlled, fire officials said. That means that although there is a line all around the fire, there are some spots burning hot in the interior of the fire that crews are still working to get under control.

Fire officials did say there were concerns winds could carry embers over lines, especially with 10 to 15 mile per hour winds expected Wednesday.

The Millis Swamp Fire, located five miles west of Newport, also started Sunday and is at 2.6 acres as of Tuesday.

Officials said the fire is 100 percent contained but also not controlled.

A helicopter and plane are patrolling the fires and the area.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

With no rain is expected within the next 10 to 14 days, officials are warning to be extremely careful with outdoor burning.

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