Crews with the Wilmington Fire Department are responding to small fires created from ash and embers from a forest burn in Brunswick County.
According to Battalion Chief David Hines, some of the falling ashes embers from Brunswick County are still smoldering and have started a couple of small fires within the city that crews have quickly extinguished.
“These small spot fires are what we need reported,” Hines said. “We need to know about these so we can get to them quickly and we do not need to be investigating smoke.”
The smoke and ashes are “coming from a subscribed burn by the N.C. Forestry Service in Brunswick County,” Hines said.
According to UNC-Wilmington’s Facebook page, Wilmington and New Hanover County fire departments along with the N.C. Forest Service reported to the scene of a small wildfire approximately 5 miles south of UNCW.
“Currently, there is no immediate threat to UNCW; however, Environmental Health & Safety is currently monitoring the situation and additional updates will be shared if needed,” the post reads.
Smoke is apparent throughout the city from the fire, Hines said. Firefighters are asking citizens to report only fire, not smoke, to emergency officials.
According to Brunswick County Emergency Services, there are three controlled burns in Brunswick County today; at the intersection of West Boiling Spring Road and Bohemia Road, Daws Creek Road SE and Governors Road SE in Winnabow, and the 9100 block of Orton Road SE at Orton Plantation.