Graham County communities evacuate as multiple wildfires continue to burn

Viewer-submitted image of Maple Springs Fire in Graham County on Tuesday, where smoke caused low visibility. Graham County Public Information Office say members of the Jordan Hill and Ryefield Branch communities are being evacuated, and structures are in danger. (Photo credit: Melinda Bailey)

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. -- Evacuations are underway in Graham County where multiple wildfires are burning in the Goldmine, Gladdens Creek, East Buffalo, Jordan Hill and Ryefield Communities.

Graham County Public Information Office say members of the Jordan Hill and Ryefield Branch communities are being evacuated, and structures are in danger.

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This is the Old Roughy fire, in the vicinity of Branch Creek, that started Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday morning, the Avey Branch/Maples Springs fire north of Lake Santeetlah has grown to 3,919 acres. Eighteen percent of the perimeter is contained.

Graham County says 98 firefighters are working the blaze. Firefighters believe they will have it 100 percent contained by Friday night.

Graham County is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure everyone’s safety and to assist in any and all ways possible.

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