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Forest fire burning in Brunswick County

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By Renee Sloan

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Staff Writer

More than 70 acres were burning in a forest fire in Brunswick County Thursday.

The fire is located off Royal Oak Road in Supply.

According to Mike Malcolm, a district ranger with the North Carolina Forest Service, a scout plane spotted the fire around 1:48 p.m. Thursday. More than 70 acres were involved at 3:20 p.m., Malcolm said.

The cause is under investigation.

Malcolm said multiple efforts to contain the fire include four tractor plow units installing a fire line. They are also using three single-engine aircraft tankers to drop fire retardant and a helicopter to drop water.

The fire has not affected travel. Malcolm said the fire involves timber company land, and no homes are currently threatened.

However, he does caution that visibility may be reduced Friday morning because of the potential for fog.

“Any time we have fog and smoke together, it intensifies and lowers visbility even more,” he said. “We call it super fog.”