Firefighters making progress with Western NC wildfires

Firefighters watch as the flames of the Butte Fire approach a containment line near San Andreas, Calif., Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say 2,500 firefighters and other personnel have achieved high containment of some of the biggest wildfires in western North Carolina.

wildfireAs of Saturday morning, five of 11 wildfires listed in the Joint Information Center’s update were more than 50 percent contained.

That includes several of the biggest fires. The Party Rock fire near Lake Lure was 80 percent contained as nearly 300 firefighters continued to work on it.


The Maple Springs Fire in Graham County, the Chestnut Knob Fire in Burke County and the Boteler Fire in Clay County were also all above 70 percent containment.

Smoke drifting on the wind has caused air-quality problems in some urban areas far from the wildfires.

Drought conditions have fed wildfires around the Southeast in recent weeks.

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