- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

AVON, N.C. (AP) - Firefighters continue to work to extinguish a wildfire on the Outer Banks that closed the only highway off the island for more than four hours.

The National Park Service said in a news release that the fire started around 11 p.m. Friday in an uninhabited area a few miles north of Avon near power lines by the Pamlico Sound.

Authorities say the fire quickly spread east and grew to about 20 acres. The smoke caused officials to shut state Highway 12 for about four hours. The road is the only highway link from Avon and Hatteras to the mainland.

No injuries or damage to structures were reported. Firefighters were finishing fire lines Saturday and working to put out the blaze.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.


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