Sunday, August 14, 2022

Update: Fire crews contain blaze in Brunswick County, reopen Hwy 133

A fire in the woods near Highway 133 and Southern Boulevard, south of Leland near Mallory Creek, has crews on the scene in Brunswick County. (Courtesy Ryan Small)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Smoke billowed over Southern Boulevard in Brunswick County from a fire that started in nearby woods Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews were called in from Leland, Winnabow, Navassa, Boiling Spring Lakes, New Hanover County Fire, and the N.C. Forestry.

It’s reported to have begun between Brunswick Forest and Highway 133, south of Leland near Mallory Creek. The fire’s cause is under investigation, according to Leland Fire and Rescue.

There were some evacuations from the back of the Brunswick Forest neighborhood to River Road. The fire did not spread to homes or buildings, and the sheriff’s office noted multiple wildlife units on the scene.

At least one person requested to be transported to the hospital, according to the live feed from Brunswick County emergency responders.

Highway 133 was closed to all traffic from Belville Elementary to Daws Creek and Southern Boulevard, except to residents who live in the area. River Road at Brunswick Nature Park was also closed.

By 8 p.m., the highway reopened, and the forestry units were “working to finish containing the fire,” according to Leland Fire and Rescue. It was isolated from homes along 133 — Brunswick Forest, Mallory Creek, and residences of Mellaney, Central, and Southern boulevards.

River Road may continue to have periodic closures so fire crews can obtain water from staging areas.

Brunswick Nature Park, located on River Road in Winnabow, will remain closed to the public until further notice, according to the county. 

Some residual smoke can be expected and embers may also burn.

A fire in the woods near Highway 133 and Southern Boulevard, south of Leland near Mallory Creek, has crews on the scene in Brunswick County. (Courtesy Ryan Small)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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