Newport fire contained; caused by out of control debris burn

NEWPORT, N.C. (WNCT) – About 100 acres were burned in a wildfire that started around 12:40 p.m. Friday.

Newport Police Chief Benny Whitley said the fire was contained. However, will monitor the fire for flare-ups and hot spots.

He said no residential areas were affected, but the back side of homes were threatened and the fire was contained to the wooded area.

It’s like night and day for the Holm and Murdoch families when they look outside at their backyard.

“It was pretty terrifying we had watched it move throughout the neighborhood,” said Grace Murdoch. Her home is just a few feet from the forest fire.

At least four homes were evacuated. Those evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes Friday night.

The North Carolina Forest Service determined the forest fire was started by a debris burn that got out of hand. There were no injuries involved.

Carteret County forest ranger for the NC Forest Service Brent Toler said their number one concern is citizen safety. He said there are ways for people to prevent this from happening again.

“If you’re going to burn if you decide to, check with your local official to see if a burning permit is required and if you’re going to burn stay with it. Keep an eye on it and make sure it is out before you leave,” said Toler.

Original Story:

The U.S. Forest Service is reporting multiple fire crews are on the scene of a wildfire.

According to the agency, firefighters from Croatan National Forest, NC Forest Service, Marine Corp Cherry Point and several local volunteer fire departments are responding to a wildfire 2 miles west of Newport, south of Roberts Road.

The Corbett Lane fire is expected to grow in size as firefighters complete burnout operation to remove fuels to protect nearby structures.

Stay with WNCT as we get more information.

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