NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — Crews entered the fifth week battling the Croatan National Forest fire with hopes of 100% containment soon.

The fourth week brought positive results. Some much-needed rain increased the fire’s containment from 70% to 90% as of Sunday night.

The US Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina reported Friday evening that the day ended with the fire now at 90% contained. That hasn’t changed through Wednesday morning.

The fire, which began on April 19, has not grown in size since April 24, when it was reported 32,400 acres had burned. The inciWeb site that is used as part of information released on the fire has provided the latest details.

The Southern Area Type 3 Gray Team gave over command of the fire management to a North Carolina local Type 3 Incident Management Team on Tuesday. The U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Area Gray Team took over command from the Southern Area Red Team on May 2.

Click here for the latest information posted to the U.S. Forest Service  – National Forests in North Carolina Facebook page.


Great Lakes Fire: The Great Lakes Fire, located within Croatan National Forest, one mile South-Southeast of New Bern, started on April 19. The fire is suspected to be human-caused and is still under investigation.

It is burning in pocosin swamp and mixed fuels within and around the footprint of the 2012 Dad Fire, which burned roughly 21,331 acres. Previously prescribed burning by the U. S. Forest Service helped slow fire spread by reducing the amount of burnable vegetation. No structures have been lost and none are currently threatened.  

Great Lakes Fire Information
Phone: 252-285-6174
Inciweb: Ncncf Great Lakes Information | InciWeb (
Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina | Asheville NC | Facebook

Air quality: Information on current air quality data for North Carolina is at