Crews respond to brush fire in Wilmington for the fifth time in 48 hours

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Firefighters responded to a brush fire behind Alderman Elementary School Monday afternoon.

The call for response happened around 2 p.m.

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Brush fire behind Alderman Elementary on April 5, 2021. (Photo: WFD)

The Wilmington Fire Department says when crews arrived it was impacting about two acres.

Trucks began to spray down the area and Wilmington police brought in a thermal imaging drone to help find hot spots.

The first was under control by 5:00 p.m.

Battalion Chief Derek Mickler says there’s been a recent increase in wildfires in recent days, and warns the community to be conscientious when it comes to the dangers.

“Brunswick County had one just on Saturday, we’ve had five or six in the past 48 hours here in New Hanover County in Wilmington,” Mickler said. “Just some key points for all of our citizens to remember: smoking materials, making sure they’re properly discarded. Making sure our kids and things like that are educated on not playing with fire and such, campfires burning outside, illegal burns and such can definitely contribute to things like this.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.