Marsh fire near Colington held to about 40 acres

By on July 5, 2012

The cause of the fire is under investigation. (Mike Smith)

A marsh fire that started overnight was covering 30 to 40 acres Thursday on an island near Colington.

North Carolina Forestry Service teams reached the scene by boat and have brought it under control by setting controlled back fires, according to Dare County Fire Marshall Steve Kovacs.

A plume of smoke could be seen from miles away. As winds blew the smoke eastward toward the ocean, the area around milepost 6 near Belk appeared to be the most affected.

A helicopter was on the way to help control the fire, Kovacs said in a statement.

No structures are threatened, and the smoke was expected to diminish by the end of the day.

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