Leland wildfire mostly contained

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Officials warn visibility will be low on smoke-filled I-140 in Leland.

Fire officials are warning drivers and residents there will be decreased visibility along I-140 Saturday evening after a wildfire burned through nearly 50 acres.

Drivers should remain vigilant and expect to see smoke lingering over the roadway.

Officials with the N.C. Forestry Service responded to more than 10 wildfires Saturday across Brunswick County, with the largest fire burning in Leland between I-140 and Enterprise Drive.

It took four tractor plows, one scout plane, two 800-gallon air tankers and a helicopter with a bucket to fight the 50 acres of flames, said Bill Walker with the forestry service.

When units arrived at 4:30 p.m., Walker said there were only two acres on fire, but it soon spread.

It is unclear what caused the fire, but Walker said the forestry service is investigating.

No one in the surrounding community was evacuated and no structures were compromised.

Reporter Ashley Morris can be reached at Ashley.Morris@StarNewsOnline.com.