Crews respond to brush fire on Pea Island near refuge visitor center

Tami Lamz took this photo as she drove by the fire that was burning near the edge of N.C. 12.

A wind-fueled brush fire ignited Saturday night in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the oceanside of N.C. 12 near the refuge visitor center.

Crews reported they had the fire knocked down at 7:08 p.m. The highway was closed to traffic in both directions until 7:30 p.m. when one lane reopened to alternating traffic.

Tami Lamz, an eyewitness who drove by just as firefighters were arriving on scene, said it appeared the fire had spread from near the edge of the pavement up to the dune line.

It was burning about 1/4 mile south of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, in an area with no structures roughly seven miles north of the village of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.

Sustained south winds of 20 mph, with gusts near 30, were fanning the flames.

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