DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – A marsh fire broke out in Dare County Tuesday evening, near Manns Harbor.
Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs told WAVY.com it was possibly a lightning strike that sparked the fire. Someone spotted the smoke around 4:20 p.m. on the sound shore north of Point Peter Road and south of Callahan’s Creek on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the fire had grown to about 20 acres. Because of the dangerous storm activity at the time, officials decided to pull firefighters from the field for their safety.
On Wednesday morning, officials said the fire had burned about 100 acres and 25 percent had been contained. Although there was no visible smoke, “areas of heat” were observed.
USFWS Incident Commander Ed Christopher said, “The rain overnight helped a lot, but there are some areas of heat on the edges of the fire. We’ll be building line around the fire and reinforcing that line as our ‘insurance policy’ to make sure this fire doesn’t move.”
The North Carolina Forestry Service and US Fish and Wildlife officials continue to investigate. There were no injuries reported.