COLUMBIA, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) — Crews have been battling a wildfire that since Friday has consumed at least 5,800 acres of private and public land in Tyrrell County.

John Cook with the NC Forest Service told WNCT’s Adrianna Hargrove that a majority of the fire is on the Pocosin Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

NC Forest Service photo

Earlier Saturday the acreage consumed was 4,500, but it later grew to expand by more than 20 percent.

There is no containment of the fire. Cook said it started Friday afternoon and created a significant amount of smoke that residents saw and smelled.

Around 45 firefighters were originally battling the fire, but Saturday that was increased to 75. Aircraft have also been assisting. A management team from the NC Forest Service is also involved.

Elizabeth City fire crews said the blaze is active in the surrounding areas. There is no active fire in Elizabeth City and no threats to property or safety.

Cook said residents should avoid the area until further notice and take other precautions if they live nearby.