UPDATE: Crews continue to battle new wildfire off Pisgah Highway
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) —
12: 30 p.m. Coverage
(UPDATE 10:52 a.m.) The wildfire is now up to 200 acres.
No evacuations have been issued and no structures are in danger.
Local fire crews have been pulled off the fire and it's being handled by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed from mile marker 402 to 408 due to smoke.
Crews worked overnight to set containment lines and continued burnout operations.
(UPDATED: 4:53 p.m.) -- Crews are fighting a new wildfire that broke out overnight in Buncombe County.
It's now about 150 acres in size off Pisgah Highway, near Upper Hominy, and is zero percent contained.
Pisgah Highway is currently shut down at Chestnut Creek Road.
Crews on the scene tell News 13 the fire was ignited by a car that caught fire. Officials now say the fire doesn't appear to be intentionally set.
Forest Service officers initially thought the car that caught fire may have been one stolen from Madison County. They later determined it wasn't the same car.
The fire did come within a couple hundred yards of several houses, but firefighters protected those homes. No evacuation orders are currently in place for the area.
This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.