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Down East fire has burned more than 500 acres, is now 75% contained

Officials with the Down East Fire Department say Morris Marina Road and Old Cedar Island Road in Atlantic were evacuated.
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Officials with the Down East Fire Department say Morris Marina Road and Old Cedar Island Road in Atlantic were evacuated.

Late morning update:

The fire Down East that was discovered Sunday afternoon has burned more than 500 acres, but the North Carolina Forest Service says it’s now 75% contained.

Several agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have been helping to contain and extinguish the fire that caused evacuations along Morris Marina Road and Old Cedar Island Road in Atlantic.

The fire threatened about 20 homes in the evacuation area.

The cause has not been determined.

Previous coverage:

A wildfire in Carteret County that was noticed Sunday afternoon led to the voluntary evacuation of an area in Atlantic where homes are threatened.

The North Carolina Fire Service says the brush fire is burning on 165 acres and it is 0% contained as of Monday morning.

Officials with the Down East Fire Department say Morris Marina Road and Old Cedar Island Road in Atlantic were evacuated.

And News12 is reporting that a forest fire was reported near Ernul at about noon Sunday.

Craven County Emergency Services Director Stanley Kite said the fire started off of Hudnell Rd. and impacted about 100 acres.

Helicopters were used to dump buckets of water on the flames. It was reported to be 100% contained by early evening.

Meanwhile, a smaller fire near the Albert J. Ellis airport outside of Jacksonville is burning a half-acre and is 0% contained, and two small wildfires were reported in Wayne County, near Goldsboro.

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.