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White Creek Fire in Linville Gorge 8 times larger overnight, not at all contained

Officials estimate the White Creek Fire has scorched some 585 acres. That's about eight times the size of what it was Friday. The fire is not contained. (Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service)

A little rain wasn't to enough to improve dry conditions that are fueling a wildfire burning in the Pisgah National Forest.

Officials estimate the White Creek Fire has scorched some 585 acres. That's about eight times the size of what it was Friday.

The fire is not contained.

It's burning near Shortoff Mountain, at the south end of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, a rugged area that tough to access and maneuver in.

Officials say with winds forecast to pick up, smoke will move across areas to the south and east, around Lake James and Morganton.

Close to 150 firefighters are working the blaze and doing burnout control-operations.

Fire managers are developing a strategy for the next several days as drying conditions are expected through early next week. They are faced with the challenges of difficult terrain as well as the consideration of minimum impacts within the Wilderness Area.

An area closure remains in effect for all U.S. Forest Service lands in the following areas:

  • East of State Road 1238 (Old NC 105 / Kistler Memorial Highway)
  • South of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229)
  • South of Table Rock Picnic Area
  • West of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road #118 (Blue Gravel Road)
  • Roses Creek Forest Service Road #99, north of Highway 126

In addition, the following trails are closed:

  • Shortoff Trail (Tr #235)
  • Rock Jock Trail (Tr #247)
  • Pinch-In Trail (Tr #228)
  • Linville Gorge Trail (Tr #231) south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229)
  • Mountains to Sea Trail (Tr #440) from State Road 1238 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area
  • any social trails existing within the closure area

Public entry is prohibited within this area.

The U.S. Forest Service is leading fire response efforts, with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke and McDowell County Emergency Management, and North Carolina Emergency Management.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

News 13 has a crew working this story, and will have continuous updates on wlos.com, social media, and on News 13 at 10 and 11 p.m.

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