Editor's note: A new report was developed on this fire at 11:13 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. To see that report, visit this link. 

CEDAR ISLAND — A fire that started Wednesday afternoon about 2 miles southwest of the Lola boat ramp on Cedar Island had burned about 50 acres of woods and marsh as of 9:45 p.m. that night.

Brent Toler, Carteret County ranger with the N.C. Forest Service, said what is being called the Rumley Hammock Fire in the Cedar Point Wildlife Refuge, owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had not threatened any structures.

The forest service and the Cedar Island Fire Department responded to keep the blaze under control in the remote location.

“Cedar Island really couldn’t do anything,” he said Wednesday night.

Initially, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. Toler had estimated the size of the still-burning blaze at about 15 acres. The Harkers Island Fire Department took him out on a boat late Wednesday, however, to get a better idea of the size and to develop a plan for continuing the fight Thursday.

USFWS sent personnel and equipment to aid in the fight Thursday, Mr. Toler said, with the goal to “keep the fire from crossing John Day ditch to the north with forecasted southwest winds.”

Mr. Toler could not be reached Thursday for an update.

 

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

 

(Previous report)

CEDAR ISLAND — A fire that started Wednesday afternoon about 2 miles south of the Lola boat ramp on Cedar Island had burned about 15 acres of woods and marsh as of 5:30 p.m.

Brent Toler, Carteret County ranger with the N.C. Forest Service, said what is being called the Rumley Hammock Fire had not threatened any structures, but multiple agencies responded to keep the blaze under control in the remote location.

He said he expected smoke to “lay down” Wednesday night and cause visibility problems for motorists on Highway 12.

In addition, Mr. Toler said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had been notified about potential impacts.

 

This is a developing report.

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