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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Vander and Cedar Creek fire departments were dispatched to a woods fire at 4918 Dudley Road in eastern Cumberland County at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Responding units arrived to find a large woods fire endangering several homes. Initial estimates were that the fire spanned an estimated 100 acres. Ten homes in the area were evacuated.
There are currently more than 30 units at the scene, including nearly a dozen fire departments from Cumberland and Bladen counties, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County Animal Services, the N.C. Forest Service, State Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Transportation. The units are coordinating efforts to contain the fire and protect structures.
Dudley Road has been closed between McKinnon Road and Mack Simmons Road. Residents are urged to avoid the area for their safety and the safety of first responders. Smoke should be expected in the area for and extended amount of time. Cumberland County Emergency Services is assisting with response efforts.
For more information about Emergency Services, visit cumberlandcountync.gov/emergencyservices or Facebook page.