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Mandatory evacuations in North Carolina as wildfires burn thousands of acres

As rain continues not to fall, wildfires continue to burn in the mountains. One of the largest fires burning is the Tellico wildfire, which is now more than 5,100 acres and only 10 percent contained. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, NC (WLOS) - Wildfires burning thousands of acres in the mountains are causing mandatory and voluntary evacuations and states of emergencies in multiple North Carolina counties.

In Swain and Macon counties, the Tellico wildfire is now at 5,160 acres and is only 10% contained. States of emergency are also in effect for both counties.

In Macon County, mandatory evacuations are underway in the Partridge Creek and Deweese Road area of the Nantahala forest.

People who are being evacuated can find shelter at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The center is providing basecamp lodging as shelter until Nov. 11.

Those who have been evacuated due to the Tellico wildfire can also find shelter at the Southwestern Community College Almond Center in Bryson City.

In Graham County, wildfires are burning in the Goldmine, Gladdens Creek, East Buffalo, Jordan Hill and Ryefield communities.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for people in the Jordan Hill and Ryefield Branch communities in Robbinsville.

Two fires burning there, the Avey Branch and Maple Springs fires, have now burned more than 5,000 combined acres. Both are only at 18% containment.

A state of emergency is also still in effect for the Town of Lake Lure due to the Party Rock fire.

The fire is currently at 435 acres and is 15% contained. Dozens of people have been evacuated, and firefighters are working to protect homes.

There are also mandatory evacuations in parts of Hayesville in Clay County. The Boteler fire is now at more than 3,500 acres, and is only 10% contained.

The dry conditions have also prompted the town of Franklin to issue voluntary water conservation orders.

A 100-acre wildfire in McDowell County is now at 80% containment. It broke out on Old Greenlee Road near Marion on Wednesday.

Fire officials remind everyone that a burn ban is in effect for all of Western North Carolina. People who conduct open burning can face fines.




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