HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – As firefighters continue to work to contain a forest fire that started on Sunday, the fire is now down to only 9,000 burned and only 48% contained.
The height fire saw around 14,000 acres burned on Thursday.
The Whipping Creek fire is located near the Dare/Hyde County line in eastern North Carolina and has crossed both U.S. 264 to the south and Stomper Road to the east and is currently burning on both sides of Long Shoal River.
The North Carolina Forest Service says plans continue to hold the fire south of Jackson and Maple roads, while the western flank is still south of Whipping Creek Road.
Two planes dropped water on the fire every six minutes over the weekend.
State officials closed highway 264 for the weekend and said that it will reopen tomorrow morning.
On Monday, two small fires were spotted on the Hyde side of the Dare/Hyde County line around 2 p.m. By evening, the fires had merged into a 25 acre fire that grew to 200 acres before nighttime.
The fire started on private land south of both the Dare Bombing Range and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
On the other side of the state, a fire near Hot Springs on the Tennessee border has burned about 800 acres.
No evacuations have been planned because no communities have been effected. No injuries have been reported.
The fire is estimated to be up 15 percent contained.
You can follow developments on the fire at these two links: