Wildfire burns 85 acres in North Carolina

From WYFF4:

Officials said a woods fire in Franklin, North Carolina, is now contained.

Michael Wilkins, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire started around 2 p.m. Thursday and burned about 85 acres of land off Highway 64 on Corundum Hill Road in the Cullosaja Gorge Community.

Wilkins said the high winds, low humidity and steep, rocky country presented some challenges. He said 15 or 20 homes are in the area, but the fire burned around them and has not caused any damage to the homes. Homeowners evacuated on their own and are in a safe location.

The North Carolina Forest Service leads the joint effort to fight the woods fire, with the U.S. Forest Service, Macon County Fire Service, Macon County Emergency Management and local fire departments assisting, officials said. The Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue department was the main fire department on scene, but others also helped.

Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue Chief Paul Corbin said about 100 total personnel and about 20 trucks responded to the scene.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.