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Buffer Zone Fire In Carolina Beach Sunday Started By Homeless Camp

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - People reported smoke in areas of Carolina Beach on Sunday night May 26.
Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin reported Sunday night they responded to a nearly six-acre fire off Ocean Blvd in southern Carolina Beach that afternoon.
The land is owned by the U.S. Army as a buffer zone for the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point. The buffer zone is designed to buffer the munitions port in the event of an explosion. The actual port is located on the other side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County.
Griffin explained, "We had roughly a 6 acre woods fire this afternoon off of Ocean Blvd on Sunny Point land. The fire appears to have started at a homeless camp and then spread to the adjacent woods. We called in the North Carolina Forestry Service to the site to plow a line around it to contain it." Griffin said crews would monitor the area to make sure the fire wouldn't flare up and begin burning again.
He said the smoke lingered around the Island that night.
The buffer zone is federal land and off limits to the general public.