January 13, 2016


Wildfire south of Whalebone Junction under control


On Tuesday evening, Jan. 12, a small wildland fire burned approximately 3/4 of an acre south of Whalebone Junction on Cape Hatteras National Seashore between Highway 12 and the power transmission corridor in south Nags Head. 


The National Park Service was assisted in managing the fire by firefighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nags Head Fire Department, and North Carolina Forest Service.

At one point last evening, Highway 12 was closed and traffic was being routed onto Old Oregon Inlet Road.

This morning, the fire is controlled and the area is being monitored.  There is no longer any active fire visible and little, if any, smoke present.  
The fire is suspected to be human-caused. However, the incident is still under investigation. No people were injured or are at risk at this time and no structures were damaged.  
"The National Park Service wishes to express appreciation for the quick response from the Nags Head Fire Department, the Roanoke Island Fire Department, the State of North Carolina, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," the NPS said in a news release.




             
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