Wildfires in NC mountains grow larger, but containment nearly complete

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Camp Daniel Boone Fire, Shining Rock Wilderness, is about 70 acres as of Sunday afternoon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Federal and North Carolina firefighters say that two wildfires in the mountains have grown larger, but they are nearly contained.

“Firefighters made significant progress containing the two wildfires burning on US Forest Service lands,” the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.

The U.S. Forest Service said that the Camp Daniel Boone fire in Haywood County in the Pisgah National Forest covered about 70 acres as of Sunday afternoon.

The fire in the Shining Rock Wilderness area — the larger of the two currently active in the mountains — is known as the Camp Daniel Boone Fire which started on private property off Little East Fork Road in Haywood County Friday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Camp Daniel Boone Fire is about 65 percent contained.

Another fire burning in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County is about 90 acres.

The Macon County fire — called the Cals Creek Fire — is now also burning on U.S. Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest. About 25 firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service responded. A N.C. Forest Service helicopter was used for water drops Friday on the Cals Creek Fire fire, which is about 70 percent contained.

“The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire and hiking to Deep Gap or the peak of Cold Mountain is discouraged,” the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday afternoon.

The causes of the fires are under investigation.

Both began on private property last week and spread due to recent high winds. A North Carolina Forest Service ban on all open burning for 32 western counties remains in effect.  

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