Wildfire in Linville Gorge area

NEBO, NC (WSPA) The US Forest Service reports there is a 75 acre wildfire burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge.

They say the White Creek Fire was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday.

The fire is 0% contained right now.

100 firefighters are working to re-establish firelines on the south end of the fire.

They say they are trying to protect private property.

The US Forest Service says the Linville Gorge has an extensive fire history, allowing firefighters to fall back to existing lines established in the Table Rock (2013), Shortoff (2007), and Brushy Ridge (2000) fires.

The U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency closure for the Shortoff Trail (Trail #235) and the Mountains to Sea Trail (Trail #440) from Old Highway 105 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area. The public is asked to avoid the area.

They say the areas around Lake James and Morganton could see smoke today and tonight.

Areas to the north and east could see smoke too as winds shift this evening, according to the report.

They are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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