Two new wildfires burn in McDowell, County, NC


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Firefighters from Charlotte and Lake Lure arrived Monday to help fight the Clear Creek road wildfire, according to McDowell County Emergency Management.

U.S. Forestry personnel from Alaska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have also arrived to fight the blaze.

No evacuations have been issued. An aerial estimate Sunday night determined that 186 acres had been burned.

The U.S. Forest Service has taken control of the Piney Mountain fire off Curtis Creek Road in Old Fort. Local, regional, state and federal crews continue to work the Clear Creek fire in P.G., which had grown to more than 800 acres, McDowell EMA said.

Officials advise that no evacuations have been necessary so far.

Strong winds tested containment lines on the Party Rock Fire, but fire managers say there was no fire growth outside those lines.

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No new evacuation warnings have been issued, but residents near the fire are asked to remain vigilant. Resident and business owners are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts through their county or local government websites.

The size of the fire remains at 7,171 acres, with containment holding at 36 percent, according to officials. More than 900 structural and wildland firefighters are working day and night to protect homes and businesses. 

Multiple fire departments spent Saturday night containing a growing wildfire in York County, SC after someone attempted a controlled burn, ignoring a state-wide burn ban, according to members of the Sharon Fire Department.

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The fire itself took up 50 acres near Locust Hill Road.

Crews managed to fully contain the blaze Sunday and that the fire was still smoldering.

South Carolina Forestry will handle charges in this case.


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