NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — Work hit the third week on the fire burning in the Croatan National Forest that began burning on April 19. On Monday, a bit of encouraging news was released on the fire’s status.

The fire is now 65% contained, according to new information released by the U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina Tuesday night. The inciWeb site that is used as part of information released on the fire provided the latest details. While the percentage has changed, the number of acres burned has stayed at 32,400 since April 24.

Fire officials on Tuesday released a new video on its Facebook page about the progress made fighting the fire and what was next.

Tuesday was the last day for the Southern Area Red Team. The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Gray Team has taken over command.

Click here for the latest information posted to the U.S. Forest Service  – National Forests in North Carolina Facebook page.


Great Lakes Fire: The Great Lakes Fire, located within Croatan National Forest, one mile South-Southeast of New Bern, started on April 19. The fire is suspected to be human-caused and is still under investigation.

It is burning in pocosin swamp and mixed fuels within and around the footprint of the 2012 Dad Fire, which burned roughly 21,331 acres. Previously prescribed burning by the U. S. Forest Service helped slow fire spread by reducing the amount of burnable vegetation. No structures have been lost and none are currently threatened.  

Thursday night’s community meeting

Click here to watch the Great Lakes Fire community meeting that was held on April 27.

Forest service officials continue fight against Croatan fire while reassuring residents

Great Lakes Fire Information
Phone: 252-285-6174
Inciweb: Ncncf Great Lakes Information | InciWeb (
Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina | Asheville NC | Facebook

Air quality: Information on current air quality data for North Carolina is at   

Closures: Road closures on County Line Road and Catfish Lake Road remain in effect. Updates to road closures surrounding the fire is at  

Temporary Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fire area; information is at Federal Aviation Administration website. This is necessary to protect aerial firefighting operations. If there are intrusions into the Temporary Flight Restrictions, we must stop aerial operations.  

Donations: We have had many offers of donations to firefighters. We are grateful for your support, but currently do not have the capacity for processing and storing donations on site. In lieu of donations to the Great Lakes Fire please consider making a monetary donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.