Forest fire reported in Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge


COLUMBIA, Tyrrell County - A forest fire which has spread into the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge is currently being battled by officials in Tyrrell County.

Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman said in an email the fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m. by a N.C. Forest Service Plane on Patrol. The fire was observed on Kilkenny Farms south of Columbia. Officials said it has spread into the wildlife refuge and a plane and helicopter have been dispatched to conduct water drops on the fire.

N.C. Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service personnel and equipment along with Tyrrell Fire Department also responded and are at the scene.

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