North Carolina Firefighters Battle Forest Fires


 More than 130 brush and forest fires were reported on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Just about every fire company in Nash County and adjoining Wilson County were pressed into service battling some of these fires.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wilson County Fire units responded to a large brush fire along Boswellville and Rainwater Road near Artis Road.

The wind was gusting over 30 mph. Within a short time, more than 50 acres were involved.

Firefighters from Crossroads, Black Creek, Contenea, East Nash and Rock Ridge volunteer departments, along with assistance from Wilson Fire/Rescue Services, were on the scene for many hours to protect many homes and outbuildings from this fast spreading fire.

It took firefighters more than three hours to bring this blaze under control.

Neighboring Nash County was faced with the same fire problem and many of the fires were still burning throughout the night.

Before the weekend ended, there were more than 300 fires buring in North Carolina, according to North Carolina Forestry Service