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Hyde County wildfire burns nearly 2,000 acres and is 20% contained

As of 3 p.m., Sunday, the Ferebee Road Fire in Hyde County is 1,936 acres and 20% contained, up from 12% following two days of successful firing operations to push the fire’s edge toward the road. Significant smoke is possible and may result in tedious travel conditions into this Monday morning. Significant smoke is expected along the Highway 264 and Highway 45 corridors between Rose Bay, Pantego, and Ponzer may occur. Those needing to commute Monday should remain alert and attentive to signage. Road closures may be implemented as needed. On Sunday morning, Highway 45 was temporarily closed for travel from Ponzer to Pungo due to smoke and fog. There continues to be no injuries and no structures damaged at this time.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Ferebee Road Fire has burned 1,088 acres in Hyde County. According to a news release from the N.C. Forest Service on Friday, 80 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hyde County Emergency Management, and other state and local agencies are working the fire, which is 12% contained. On Thursday, the N.C. Forest Service said a combination of heat, dryness, and wind caused the wildfire to push beyond containment lines. Crews continue to improve containment lines and install pump sites at New Lake and Phelps Lake to move water to the remote location. No injuries or structure damage has been reported.