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Halifax County wildfire contained

Posted September 26, 2010 7:53 a.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2010 4:28 p.m. EDT

— Firefighters say they have contained a wildfire that burned more than 400 acres in the Scotland Neck area of Halifax County Saturday.

Scotland Neck Fire Chief Patrick Staton said Sunday morning that the fire, around N.C. Highway 258 near Douglas Hill Farm Road, had been contained overnight. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area for hot spots Sunday.

The fire flared up around 1 p.m. Saturday and spread quickly, whipped up by changeable winds and hot, dry weather. The fire burned some old hunting cabins and a barn and briefly threatened some homes and a hog farm.

Leslee West said that could see the wall of smoke from her property.

"First it was brown, and then it turned black, and then it got bigger and bigger and bigger," she said.

Crews from multiple area fire departments battled 40- to 50-foot flames in the woods, brought in heavy equipment to dig trenches to contain the fire and used airborne surveillance to monitor the direction the blaze was heading.

By Saturday evening, the fire had been brought under control and contained to about 200 acres.

Firefighters were also called to a brush fire near Rich Square in Northampton County Saturday, where, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said, about 250 acres burned.