Smoke Warning for Brunswick County Fire

Wilmington, NC – The National Weather Service has issued a dense smoke advisory for the Hale Swamp Road Fire near Ocean Isle Beach.

The 70-acre blaze is fully contained but trees and brush continue to smolder. Fire Information Officer Chris Meggs says the smoke will be at its worst early in the day.

"Before the weather warms up and the fog burns off, the smoke sits right on the ground. Midmorning, it'll start lifting. But traffic early in the morning is especially tough."

Meggs says 34 fire fighters are working on the blaze near Ocean Isle Beach, which he expects to stay active until the next good rain.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.