Wildfire continues to smolder in Durham neighborhood

Image courtesy David Gunneson

August 4, 2011 12:56:02 PM PDT
A wildfire scorched trees Wednesday afternoon north of I-85 in the area of Shoccoree Drive and Berini Drive near Cole Mill Road.

Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed heavy smoke and flames in an area close to broadcast towers.

"I can see from my living room window when they start to flare up again," resident Debra Jackson said Wednesday.

Her home is within feet of the fire across Berini Drive. She arrived home around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday shortly after the fire ignited in a lot across the street.

"It was there, and I was pretty worried because it was too close to the house for comfort," Jackson explained.

Her son, Eric, quickly called 911 when she saw the flames shooting into the air.

"It's kind of crazy unexpected," Eric said.

The flames devoured 31 acres of land at the edge of Cole Mill Road and Berini Drive. At one point, the fire was close to homes in an adjacent cul-de-sac on Bentgrass Lane, prompting neighbors to grab their hoses.

The forest service says the fire is contained. However as a precaution, crews will be monitoring the area for the next few days due to so much dry brush.

Despite some initial information that the fire was set by children, the Durham fire department said the cause of the fire was accidental.

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