Whipping Creek fire in North Carolina fully contained

Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 20:34:47-04

DARE/HYDE COUNTY, N.C. – A wildfire that has been burning since April 18th is now considered fully contained.

That means the perimeter of the Whipping Creek Road fire is cold and officials believe the fire will remain where it is until it goes out completely.

The fire has burned a total of 15,453 acres in Hyde and Dare Counties.  Of that total, 50 percent was at  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, five percent on the Dare Bombing Range and 45 percent on North Carolina Forest Service jurisdiction land (state and private.)

At one point there were more than 100 people fighting the fire.  As of Friday night, only 29 people were still assigned to the fire and officials expected to demobilize sometime Saturday.