- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Rains moved into North Carolina on Friday bringing some relief for firefighters battling three wildfires that have burned more than 18,000 acres.

A fire in the northeastern part of the state has burned about 14,000 acres in Hyde and Dare counties. Officials are still trying to determine how the fire started Monday in the 150,000 acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

About 30 miles of U.S. 264 were still closed by the blaze. An air quality advisory continues to be in effect.

A fire in Brunswick County near Wilmington has burned about 1,600 acres and was about 80 percent contained. Officials said the fire was caused by someone burning debris.

A blaze near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has grown and now has burned an estimated 2,500 acres. It was about 10 percent contained but officials said higher humidity and rain on Friday were helping firefighting efforts.

No serious injuries have been reported.

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