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Wildfires force residents from 40 Washington County homes

A 1,000-acre wildfire in Washington County forced the evacuation of more than 40 homes Wednesday morning.

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CRESWELL, N.C. — Emergency crews evacuated 40 Washington County homes Wednesday after a 1,000-acre wildfire came toward the area.

No homes were damaged. Crews evacuated the homes near Newland Road and Shore Drive as a precaution, officials said.

Homeowners planned to meet with emergency management Wednesday morning to find out when they could return home.

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