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Tyrell County fire 45% contained, still 5,200 acres

N.C. Forest Service officials say significant smoke is possible and may result in tedious travel conditions in some areas. In the interest of safety, they say people should allow for extra travel time or plan to take alternate routes.
N.C. Forest Service officials say significant smoke is possible and may result in tedious travel conditions in some areas. In the interest of safety, they say people should allow for extra travel time or plan to take alternate routes.

The fire in Tyrrell County was estimated to be 45% contained Monday afternoon, but officials said smoke impacts are expected to continue in the surrounding areas.

The N.C. Forest Service said firefighting crews have continued to hold the Last Resort Fire to 5,200 acres in size.

Communities south of the fire area near Belhaven, Pantego and Scranton can expect smoke impacts on Tuesday. Significant smoke is possible and may result in tedious travel conditions.

There are no injuries and no structures threatened at this time.

Officials say the fire was caused by burning debris that escaped containment.

When encountering heavy smoke or fog, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say drivers should slow down, use low beam headlights and fog lights instead of high beams, and stay a bit further behind any vehicles ahead.

They added that drivers should turn on hazard lights and find a safe place to pull off the road if visibility is reduced to zero.

Risks of heavy smoke are higher at night and early morning, when darkness combines with cooler air to hold smoke closer to the ground.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.