The fire ignited early Thursday evening between New U.S. Highway 1 and Old U.S. Highway 1; it reached about 60 acres before firefighters got it under control.
A plane dumped water on it from Harris Lake, and two bulldozers were also at the scene to cut fire lines.
The fire is just one example of dry conditions across the state. It happened the same day that Gov. Mike Easley urged North Carolinians again to conserve water. Much of the Piedmont is under a severe drought. Farther east and south of the Triangle, the drought is moderate.
Rainfall in some locations has been only 25 percent normal for this time of year. About 21 counties are under a severe drought advisory in the state -- many the driest they have been in decades.
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