SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — Multiple fires are spreading across the western portion of the state of North Carolina as drought conditions in the region are accentuating their damage. Plus, with warmer temperatures on the way later this week, that could potentially cause the fires to spread further and become more difficult to contain.
Most of the fire has been in very remote backcountry regions, limiting the amount of people it has affected, but that has also made it more difficult to contain. According to the U.S. Forest Service, two and a half square miles have been burned so far because of the fires and two homes have been lost and another damaged in Henderson County.
More than 30 buildings and other posts have been evacuated because of the fires according to emergency officials, who are using helicopters to try to limit the damage of a fire that has not been contained up until this point.
A burn ban has been issued and burn permits were canceled in 14 counties in North Carolina according to officials in the area to help avoid further damage and stop the spread.