COLUMBIA, N.C. (WNCT) — Crews have been battling a wildfire that has consumed at least 5,800 acres of private and public land in Tyrrell County.
John Cook with the NC Forest Service told WNCT’s Adrianna Hargrove and Abigail Velez on Saturday that a majority of the fire was on the Pocosin Fish and Wildlife Refuge. There was no containment of the fire as of 4 p.m.
Cook said it started Friday afternoon and created a significant amount of smoke that residents saw and smelled. There was no indication of what caused the fire.
Around 75 firefighters have been on the ground battling the fire. Aircraft have also been assisting. A management team from the NC Forest Service is involved.
WNCN reports Elizabeth City fire crews said the blaze is active in the surrounding areas. There is no active fire in Elizabeth City and no threats to property or safety.
Officials said Saturday afternoon that light rain helped with conditions. Crews continued to work to improve containment lines. Conditions would continue to be monitored through the night and into Sunday.
Officials said while smoke was not expected to impact visibility, drivers traveling through the area should remain alert. The smell of smoke would also be expected, especially in areas east of Creswell.
Cook said residents should avoid the area until further notice and take other precautions if they live nearby.