Wildfire danger high

April 7, 2010 4:18:09 AM PDT
Fire officials say the weather has contributed to two brush fires in Wake County and one in Cumberland County this week.

"We are just asking people to be extra careful outside, be it with a match, or candle, tiki torches, cigarettes, anything like that, be careful," Commander Ron Lewis of the Fayetteville Fire Department warned. "[If] sparks land in a dry, leafy area, it will turn into a fire really quick."

Unseasonable hot weather fanned flames in Morrisville and Cary Tuesday but caused minimal damage.

"We have high temperatures, low humidity and high winds with gusty winds so it made it real difficult to guess which way the wind was going to blow," Mike Good, NC Forestry Service said.

In Fayetteville Tuesday, a state forestry helicopter was called in to help put out flames in a swamp just off of Edgecombe Drive.

Thick, dried underbrush and debris fueled the flames and gusty winds fanned the fire, making it impossible for firefighters to reach the flames. No homes were threatened.

Firefighters say residents should avoid burning outdoors for the next few days.

So far this year, wildfires have burned more than 5,000 acres across the state.

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