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Carteret County Forest Fire Reports In NC – Croatan, Mill Creek, Down East, Other Locations

Archive database of Carteret County forest fire reports in the NC communities of Newport, Mill Creek, Peletier, Merrimon, areas down east and in the Croatan National Forest.

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To contact rangers with the N.C. Forestry Service: 2721 Highway 101, Beaufort, NC 28516. Telephone: 252-728-3793 or by FAX at 252-728-5924.

Email: carteret.ncfs [AT] ncagr [DOT] gov

Information on “prescribed burning” or “controlled burning” below.

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July 28: Numerous social media reports of the woods being on fire very close to Broad Creek Middle School which is within the bounds of a forestry burn meant to reduce vegetation for potential flare-ups from the Camp Sam Hatcher fire last week. Many of the social media reports indicate that the flames are too close to the school to be safe. There is no word yet from the N.C. Forestry service or area fire departments.

July 27: The N.C. Forestry Service will conduct a burnout today to remove all vegetative fuel from around Camp Sam Hatcher to prevent any hotspots from flaring up and burning more than the 150 acres this fire consumed on July 25th.

July 25 – Small woods fire located near Crow Hill Rd with moderate smoke in the area of Gillikin Rd & Channel Rock Area in Beaufort NC.

July 23, 2020 – Update: The fire is reportedly 1 acre in size and near Camp Sam Hatcher off Eckerd Road. Reports of smoke along Highway 24 and a confirmed fire in the Croatan National Forest. Preliminary information from the forestry service is that there are no planned controlled burns in effect. We will continue to monitor this. The Sam Hatcher campground fire was contained at 150 acres.

March 2, 2020 – Everything is fine, the large plum of smoke seen from Newport and other areas in the county is just the N.C. Forestry Service working in the Croatan.

February 10, 2020

There will be another intentional burn near Millis Road and Whitehouse Forks in the Croatan near Broad Creek on Monday, February 10th.

February 4, 2020

The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a 267 acre prescribed burn near Highway 58 and Old Church Road near Kuhns. A helicopter will assist firefighters and to monitor the area from the air for safety.

January 2020

On January 7, a small brush fire was reported near Highway 70 in Bettie, estimated to be about 25 acres, but was contained with an hour. Then, on January 10, multiple Down East fire departments responded to another brush fire near Amos Gillikin Road.

October 13, 2019

The N.C. Forestry Service reports that they received a report of an estimated 35 acre wooded area burning in Mill Creek near Mill Pond Rd. The report was received from a boater in the area about 12:10 p.m. At the time of the report, no homes or structures were in immediate danger of being affected.

August 29, 2019

An estimated 40 acre fire near Mill Creek Rd was reported in the area shutting down traffic from Highway 101 to the Newport prison. Forestry service officials used an air support plane to drop fire retardant chemicals on the area and the fire was contained by 9:10 p.m.

Residents as far away as Emerald Isle could see smoke from this event, and bus routes from local schools were cancelled the next day.

Falling ash was reported in Newport NC.

May 23, 2019

A wildfire on Browns Island near Harkers Island was allowed to burn itself out over a period of a week. None of the horses living on the island were hurt. No humans live on the island.

June 19, 2012

During a controlled burn, containment lines were crossed leading to a 21,000 acre wildfire in the middle of the Croatan National Forest near Catfish Lake. For an entire week, smoke could be seen as far away as down east Carteret County and ash reportedly fell in Maysville, Havelock, and New Bern.

During this event, crews used helicopters to drop fire retardant chemicals on the area in an effort to contain the fire.

Prescribed Burning

Under the N.C. Prescribed Burning Act (GS 106-80), officials with the local forestry service plan and coordinate burning on state lands to help remove unneeded vegetation and other fuel debris that can fuel a fire. Officials say that these events help combat wildfires in the Carteret County, Jones County, and Craven County NC areas.

Additionally, controlled burning is only done under optimal weather conditions which allow for officials to ensure that the controlled burn does not get out of control. Local officials also work with local municipality fire departments and coordinate with them during these events.

Typically, these types of burns are done in the winter months to remove fuel sources before wildfire season.

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