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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some of the attention involving wildfires in our area has now shifted to Bladen County. Work crews for North Carolina Forest Services are trying to contain a fire that is believed to have started because of lightning that struck Monday night. That fire has now burned a large section of land near White Oak and has destroyed at least three homes.

Charlene Fowler is one of those unfortunate homeowners who lost their home in the wildfire on Tuesday afternoon.

“In no time they (Bladen County Fire Department) were telling us to leave,” said fire victim Charlene Fowler. “I just ran in grabbed a lot of stuff like pictures, our important stuff. Grabbed all my dogs and left.”

Fowler has called White Oak home for more than a decade. After Tuesday’s wildfire Fowler’s home is now a pile of ash.

“Everything is replaceable,” said Fowler.

N.C. Forest Service says a small amount of overnight rain gave firefighters a helping hand on Wednesday. Despite the rainfall 1,200 to 1,300 acres are burned in Bladen County destroying three homes along with numerous storage sheds and barns.

“We don’t have the hard running fire that we had last night,” said Chris Meggs, a spokesman for the Forest Service. “It’s not out by any means but it’s slowed down enough that hopefully we have some time to start making some more progress.”

Crews will remain in the Bladen County area until the fire is contained. As for residents affected by the fire, a community meeting is set for tomorrow at 7:00pm at Live Oak Methodist Church in White Oak.


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