New fire burning near Newport

Planes were flying over a fire in the Croatan National Forest near Newport on Friday, May 19. (Photo courtesy of Allan Langlois)

NEWPORT, Carteret County - Multiple residents are reporting a new forest fire burning Friday afternoon that can be seen near the end of Crestwood Drive in Newport.

This comes on the heels of two fires set on Mother's Day in the Croatan National Forest that were determined to be arson. Both those fires were contained within 48 hours without any damage to structures, but nearly 85 total acres of forest were burned.

NC State Troopers told NewsChannel 12's Resita Cox they don't believe this fire is related to the fires that happened earlier this week.

Residents started seeing smoke around 9 a.m. on Friday. Firefighters began asking some residents to leave their residence around 1 p.m. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, planes can be seen flying over the fire.

5:30 p.m. news with latest from Resita Cox on the fire

Video from Danny Moreno

Photo gallery of pictures from the Newport fire