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Person County Forest Fire Brought Under Control

Posted March 24, 2004

— A forest fire northwest of Roxboro, which came close to homes in the area, has been contained.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be burning debris. They said a man was burning trash when he went back into his house, and then his mother looked out the window and saw the fire out of control.

Person County Ranger Phillip Rames issued the man a "warning ticket." No charges will be filed due to the fact no one was hurt and the man came forward with the information.

According to North Carolina Forest Services, the fire spread across about 75 acres before fire fighters on the ground and a plane up above helped get it under control. Officials said the fire threatened 12 homes, but none were damaged, and no one was injured.

The fire reportedly had spread from 10 to 65 acres in just more than an hour. The fire quickly spread due to low relative humidity in the area.

A CL-215 plane used to douse such fires was dispatched from Lumberton and used Lake Hyco as its water source.

Rangers from Person County and Granville County, as well as volunteer fire departments in the area, worked together to get the fire contained.

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