Firefighters Continue To Battle Linville Gorge Area Wildfire

Firefighters Continue To Battle Linville Gorge Area Wildfire

Firefighters are battling a fire Saturday in Western North Carolina that has spread to 585 acres and is zero percent contained, forestry officials say. Public entry is prohibited within this area.

In its fifth day, the White Creek Fire near the base of Shortoff Mountain more than doubled in size, tallying 1,365 acres by Monday evening, according to information from the United States Forest Service.

Firefighters conducted burnout operations Monday afternoon in the Linville Gorge in order to keep the fire from spreading.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Faherty was not able to see many flames Monday morning but spotted a lot of smoke. "Hopefully, it should also increase containment".

Firefighters continued improving firelines on the south end of the fire area to protect private property and are working on establishing firelines on the north end. Burnouts Monday took place on the north end of the containment area, near Chimney Gap. They said they're keeping an eye on a weather system that is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon and has the potential for increased winds.

The U.S. Forest Service said in a news release The White Creek Fire near Nebo in McDowell County has burned almost one square mile of land.

Many areas around the forest and wilderness area remain closed.

The Forest Service said that the rain on Friday was very helpful, dropping about a half inch of rain in the area. "There are spots where it's a sheer cliff", Jennings said. "So, folks who are violating are risking their own safety, but also, they will get a fine".

It includes land east of State Road 1238 (Old N.C. 105 / Kistler Memorial Highway), south of Conley Cove Trail, south of Table Rock Picnic Area, west of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road #118 (Blue Gravel Road) and Roses Creek Forest Service Road #99, north of Highway 126. Firefighters are patrolling and monitoring the fire area.