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Families allowed home after wildfire

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:56:35 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2013 09:15:49 AM CDT
ONSLOW COUNTY -

8:13 p.m. update:

Onslow County Emergency Management has notified the Red Cross that the wildfire is under control.  Families are now being allowed to return to their homes.

Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, Joy Branhom, says that an evacuation center was set up at the Haws Run Volunteer Fire Department and closed at 8:00 p.m.  The evacuation center was open for about three hours this afternoon for families displaced by the wildfire.  Approximately 20 people stayed at the shelter while officials cleared the scene.

5:15 p.m. update:

Authorities have now ordered mandatory evacuations for four residential roads in the area of the Onslow County wildfire.

Brian Woods Road, Boysenberry Fields Road, Strawberry Road, and Tomahawk Road residents are under that mandatory evacuation order.

A live report from the scene is coming up on NewsChannel 12 at 6.

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Firefighters are battling a wildfire in Onslow County that has forced the evacuation of six homes, fire officials told NewsChannel 12.

The scene is along Hardy Graham Road, near Highway 53, in the Maple Hill area.

That's southwest of Jacksonville.

The fire's size has grown to over 100 acres as of 4:15 p.m., officials said.

Eight fire departments are on the scene, as well as NC Forestry firefighters, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, and NC Highway Patrol.

Air tankers are assisting in the fight against the flames.

Firefighters got the call about the fire at approximately 1:15 p.m.

There's no word on the cause of the fire.

Troopers are directing traffic in the area.