Fire caused by lightning strike contained, more than 500 acres in Hyde County destroyed

  • Source: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
  • Published: 06/21/2022 12:00 AM

North Carolina Forestry crews battled a fire caused by a lightning strike at Carolina Ranch in Hyde County. Carolina Ranch is a 15,000-acre farm with 80% of the land consisting of Peat Shrubland, managed as a carbon farm, according to staff members. Hyde County Emergency Coordinator Joey Williams said the fire started earlier Sunday on Gall Road off New Lake Road in Ponzer. The NC Forest Service battled the fire with support from the NC Fish and Wildlife Dept. The fire destroyed about 500-800 acres of land. It did not spread to other public lands outside of Carolina Ranch. Staff members with Carolina Ranch said teams created barriers to manage the fire. Water was moved to a canal system on the farm to help fight the fire and prevent further spread.


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