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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Fire Department and NC Forestry Service are fighting a woods fire off of George Anderson and 17th St. near Independence Blvd. Units on scene say the fire spread to about 50 to 60 acres. 30 homes were evacuated and three homes on Charles Payne Drive suffered minimal damages. At this time firefighters are letting everyone back into their homes. A viewer emailed us to report he smelled smoke in the area around 2:30 this afternoon, saw smoke by 4:30 p.m. and flames at 5:30 p.m. The fire is also near the Cameron Art Museum, which was asked to evacuate. Helicopters have been dropping water and the fire which is now contained. Officials say a homeless person may have started the fire and no shelters are expected to open.

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