McDOWELL CO., N.C. (WSPA) — A crew of 150 people is fighting a wildfire in Marion.
The Clear Creek wildfire is 1,187 acres as of Tuesday and is not contained, according to authorities.
Dry fuels and wind over the past couple days provided for increased fire activity despite cooler temperatures. Crews have made progress prepping, installing, and improving indirect fireline and carried out burnout operations Monday along the southern and eastern portions of the fire.
On Tuesday, firefighters plan to continue constructing and making improvements to an indirect fireline around the fire perimeter. When possible, crews will resume burnout operations on the northeastern edge of the fire. Structure protection will continue along the Clear Creek Road and Highway 80.
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Low temperatures Tuesday night along with low relative humidity and gusty winds will provide for early activity on the fire.
Drones are prohibited in the fire vicinity & have the potential to shut down all operations.
Authorities say drivers should use caution when traveling N.C. 80 Tuesday. Drivers could see flames from the road from the Clear Creek Fire.
A shelter is open at Nebo Crossing Church for residents affected by the smoke from the Clear Creek Fire.
Transportation is available by calling 828-652-3241 or 828-652-3982.
A community meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greenlee Baptist Church, 5977 U.S. 70 West in Old Fort.
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