Nags Head wildfire contained at 232 acres, preserve reopens

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NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) — Fire crews have contained a wildfire at the Nags Head Wood Ecological Preserve to 232 acres.

Officials with the Nature Conservancy said crews spent Friday extinguishing small pockets of fires.

Crews have worked on the scene, fighting to contain the fire, since it was first reported around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say there is no obvious cause of the wildfire.

Winds and humidity caused the fire to spread from 100 to 200 acres of the preserve, officials said.

Improved weather and more moisture due to early morning rainfall helped the situation on Thursday.

Officials also said on Thursday crews were planning to burn an area ahead of the fire — in order to reduce fuels in an effort to stop the flames. The hope is that the fire will go out with less fuel in the area.

There are also a few unoccupied homes close to the fire, and officials say crews were able to prevent damage to these buildings.

All trails in the Preserve reopened on Saturday.

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