Smoky fire at Alligator River now three-quarters contained

By on July 3, 2019

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Roanoke Marshes fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon east of N.C. 264 on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge had affected 40 acres and was 75 percent contained by nightfall, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The most recent update by the service shortly before 6 p.m. said the fire is expected to burn through the night and will continue to produce smoke. But no structures were threatened at that point.

Efforts to battle the fire, which sent a cloud of haze and a smoky odor across Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Kitty Hawk, Roanoke Island and Currituck County, were hampered by thunderstorms.

N.C Forest Service firefighters responded with a helicopter, scout plane and three Marsh Masters, but by late afternoon, they had pulled because of the storms. Firefighters were expected to get back to work at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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