RUTHERFORD CO., N.C. (WSPA) – Fire crews are continuing to shift their strategy to contain and extinguish the Lake Lure wildfire that has now burned more than 5,700 acres.
The North Carolina Forest Service said it will begin backburning operations in Buncombe County near Highway 9. Backburning clears away flammable debris and wood so if fire approaches the area, there is nothing left for it to burn.
Officials made the announcement at a community meeting Wednesday. One woman said she didn’t know she would have to evacuate so soon.
“I’m going to go home and try to get into touch with my husband and my neighbors and let them know that we aren’t going to have a way to get home at the end of today,” said Angelica Archer, who lives near Highway 9 in Buncombe County.
Parts of Buncombe, Rutherford and Henderson counties remain under a mandatory evacuation order.
As of Thursday morning, 19 percent of the fire was contained.
People are reminded to be careful as they drive through the area.
More stories you may like on 7News
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A new summer camp in Spartanburg is teaching teens about empathy. It’s the first ever Writing For Empathy camp be…
Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 72 near the Long Cane Fire Department in Abbeville County.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Just one question on a job application can make some people fifty percent less likely to get the position. Sparta…
Documents in the missing persons case for Charlie Carver and Kala Brown have been released, now that the suspect in their disappearance has …
Spartanburg Co. Council is considering a resolution that would help former inmates get back to work.