Latest wildfire breaks out in Blowing Rock, spreads to hundreds of acres

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BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (WBTV) — The latest of the growing western North Carolina wildfires now includes Blowing Rock in Watauga County.

wildfireThe fire broke out around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Sampson Road area. The brush fire is moving into the woods, leaving a few homes in danger.

Richard Cockerham with the North Carolina Forest Service said rough winds, rugged terrain and low humidity has contributed to the fire, which has spread to a couple hundred acres. “But it’s growing,” Cockerham said.

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So far, about 12 structures have been prepped. Officials are burning around the structures to protect them.

Cockerham said if the fire keeps burning, as expected, “we’re going to have many more in danger’s way.”

So far, no injuries have been reported.

CLICK FOR UPDATE: Wildfire near Blowing Rock expands to 700 acres, forces evacuations

Multiple fire agencies have been called in to assist. An ambulance is also on standby in the area.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling several wildfires that have been burning for over a week in western North Carolina.

Officials say a new wildfire broke out in McDowell County over the weekend.

A major wildfire that stretches from Lake Lure to Chimney Rock has now charred more than 3,400 acres, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

The fire, which started more than a week ago, has forced the evacuation of all residents and has shuttered all businesses. Investigators still are not sure how it started.

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