Officials: Corbett Lane fire near Newport is contained

(Kimberly Murdoch photo)

NEWPORT, Carteret County - Officials with National Forests in North Carolina said the fire that broke out Friday in Newport has been contained.

The Corbett Lane Fire burned 100 acres two miles west of Newport, south of Roberts Road. Officials said interior unburned pockets of fuel continue to produce smoke. The wildfire threatened 86 homes and 32 other structures. Fire officials went to several homes to spray them with water, dig trenches and set backfires to try to burn out the fire. Four homes were evacuated but residents returned to their homes last night. Firefighters from the Croatan National Forest, North Carolina Forest Service, Marine Corps Cherry Point, and several local fire departments responded. Officials said 25 firefighters are working to mop up and patrol the fire and plan to continue until expected rain falls on Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be human caused, officials said. It follows a similar fire that sparked earlier this week in the Croatan National Forest. The cause of that fire has not been determined either. Due to dry conditions, the public is asked to be extremely careful with outdoor burning.

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