39 Homeowners Near North Carolina Wildfire Told to Evacuate

June 6, 2008

Authorities in eastern North Carolina are telling 39 homeowners to evacuate after a wildfire jumped containment lines.

The blaze in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has burned up to 10,000 acres, or nearly 16 square miles. Fire officials say it’s likely to continue growing because of hot and dry conditions.

Firefighters started to establish new containment lines to the north and east of the blaze. The fire jumped previous lines late on June 3. Emergency workers said June 4 they told 39 homeowners to leave. Officials said lightning started the blaze on June 1.

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