Wildfire burns in NC mountains, lightning likely cause

(From: US Forest Service Crew 101 from Prineville, Oregon)

NEBO, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Firefighters conducted backburns on Tuesday to control a wildfire burning in North Carolina’s scenic Linville Gorge.

They say the fire is 30% contained and has burned 1.750 acres.

They think the fire was likely caused by lightning.

The fire, known as the White Creek Fire, is burning near Nebo in McDowell County. It’s near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge in Pisgah National Forest.

The southern end of the gorge, as well as nearby U.S. Forest Service land to the east, remain closed to the public as a result of the fire.

No injuries have been reported.

Firefighters have now completed fire lines to the north and south of the fire. Burnout operations will continue Tuesday afternoon on the northern end of the fire near Linville Gorge.

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