200-acre wildfire possibly caused by campfire in WNC

Credit: Michelle Mackey

JACKSON CO., N.C. (Sylva Herald/WSPA) – There is a 200- to 300-acre wildfire in the Dick’s Creek area, on the Nantahala Ranger District near Sylva, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was likely started by a campfire in National Forest, according to District Ranger Mike Wilkins.

He says arson is not suspected.

Helicopters and bulldozers are being used to help battle the fire, according to dispatchers with the U.S. Forest Service.

Jackson County Emergency Medical Services has recommended that residents who suffer from breathing problems shut all windows and doors and stay inside.

U.S. Forest Service hopes to contain the blaze by tonight.

“We’re making good progress,” Wilkins said.

Credit: Michelle Mackey
Credit: Michelle Mackey
Credit: Michelle Mackey

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