FIRST ON WWAY: Boiling Spring Lakes wildfire under criminal investigation

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — A criminal investigation is underway in the cause of a wildfire in Boiling Spring Lakes, according to the NC Forest Service.

The NC Forest Service said a criminal investigation is common procedure when investigating the cause of a wildfire.

District Forester Shane Hardee tells WWAY about 140 acres have been affected by the fire, which started Monday night. He said crews have the fire in containment lines.

Residents say they woke up to nothing but orange skies.

“My two older children came running in the house and busted the bathroom door open and said Mom, Mom a fire truck just went by, and the woods at the end of the road are on fire,” Shawna Aman said.

Aman said this is the second time she’s seen something like this.

“We had fire trucks up and down the road,” Aman said. “And it was controlled chaos but it was a very nervous scene for the residents here.”

The last time was more than 15 years ago when she said a wildfire prompted an evacuation after sparks from a train on a nearby railroad ignited a massive fire.

So far this fire has not led to any evacuations or damaged any homes.

District Forester Shane Hardee said although the fire was contained on Tuesday, with any wildfire things can always change depending on the weather.

“We have six tractor plows committed,” Hardee said. “We have one plane over head. And we’ve also got three single engineer tankers and a helicopter that we’ve positioned very close by in case we need them.”

Hardee said they are not sure yet how the fire started. He said it was not due to a prescribed burn at nearby Orton Plantation or as a result of a train passing through the area.

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