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Woods fire clogs traffic on I-40W in Johnston County

Posted March 15, 2013

— Traffic backed up Friday afternoon along westbound Interstate 40 in Johnston County as authorities battled a large woods fire.

Both lanes were closed for a time near Exit 319, but the road completely reopened about 6 p.m.

According to Johnston County officials, the fire was covering about 20 to 25 acres when six fire departments and the North Carolina Forestry Deparment responded. 

More information on what caused the blaze was not immediately available.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were closed Friday afternoon while firefighters put out a woods fire along the highway. Fire in Johnston County woods


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  • zacksmill Mar 15, 2013

    When I went through there around 4:30, there was a wreck in the east bound lane. Some had rear ended and a VW and it looked totaled. Probably rubber necking the fire.

  • mfarmer1 Mar 15, 2013

    probably started from a motorist cigarette.

  • October lover Mar 15, 2013

    It is just before you get to 210 @ McGee's Crossroads...

  • caniacman Mar 15, 2013

    where exactly on 40 W is this? anyone know about what exit?

  • Obamacare rises Mar 15, 2013

    And some say we're not in a drought any longer. *smh*

  • cblackman Mar 15, 2013

    oh...guess that means it's more congested than usual....