UPDATE: Wildfire chars almost 10 acres in Brunswick County

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Wildfire burning in Leland (Photo: Tess Risano/ viewer)

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY)– According to Brunswick County Dispatch, there were multiple reports of wildfires that spread across Southeastern North Carolina.

The Leland Fire Rescue Chief John Grimes reported North Carolina Forestry was at the scene of a massive Brunswick County fire along with multiple units from Brunswick County including Leland, Winnabow and Navassa. The fire broke out mid-afternoon on Saturday, near Industrial Boulevard neighboring the Windsor Park housing complex. Grimes reported plow units at the scene, along with spotter planes and helicopters performing airdrops on the fire.

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At about 8:00 P.M. Saturday, Brian Haines from the North Carolina Forest Service reported the fire burned about 10 acres of land and the fire was extinguished. Haines also reported there were a total of 13 fires Saturday within District 8 which includes Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, and Duplin counties.

Haines cautions residents in the nearby area that smoke may still be lingering smoke visible.

Since it’s fire season, he also recommends people use caution when engaging with flammable material.

Grimes reports New Hanover County units were on standby to respond in the event of any other emergencies in Brunswick County.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.