Crews fighting 7,000 acre wildfire on Croatan National Forest; creates yellow haze in Washington

Published 4:42 pm Friday, April 21, 2023

From U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina
April 21, 2023, New Bern, NC – Crews are currently battling the Great Lake wildfire estimated at 7,000 acres on the Croatan National Forest. The incident commander warns residents and visitors that smoke will visible and impact the Catfish Lake and Great Lake Road areas. Additionally, the Black Lake OHV area is closed until further notice.
Visitors are reminded that it is prohibited to fly a drone in or near an active wildfire area. The public should be aware of the potential for smoke in the area and drive with caution around working prescribed fire personnel on Great Lake Road and surrounding areas.
Meteorologists are reporting that winds are blowing from the south between 10 to 15mph.
Winds from the wildfire casted a yellow haze over downtown Washington on Friday afternoon.