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Wildfire scorches area near Middlesex

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A Sunday wildfire near Middlesex covered more than 70 acres before it was brought under control.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A wildfire raged Sunday in the southern part of Nash County and more than 80 firefighters came out to battle the blaze that covered more than 70 acres before it was extinguished.

The fire started about 2:15 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area along U.S. 264 near the Brantley Road overpass. Capt. Chris Tant of the Middlesex Fire Department said the cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

High winds caused the fire to spread quickly, Tant said.

“We evacuated five homes in the area because we were not sure which way the winds would shift,” Tant said. “But the homes were not affected and the residents were able to get back into their homes fairly quickly.”

Between 70 and 80 acres of property belonging to a Nash County farmer were ultimately involved in the blaze which was brought under control by about 7:30 p.m. Firefighters from the Bailey Fire Department, Spring Hope Fire Department, Ferrell’s Fire Department, Stanhope Fire Department, Zebulon Fire Department and the Pilot Fire Department assisted in putting out the fire.

Tant said he is especially grateful for the efforts of the N.C. Forestry Service’s Nash and Wilson county units who used plow furrows and back burns to help contain the blaze.

“We appreciate all the firefighters that came out to help and the efforts of the North Carolina Forestry Service. With their help, we were able to contain the fire pretty quickly and no lives or structures were lost,” Tant said. “That is the most important thing.”

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