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The Latest: Wildfire still growing in western North Carolina

Posted April 14

— The Latest on a wildfire in western North Carolina (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Forestry officials say a wildfire in western North Carolina is growing.

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday that the Dobson Knob fire increased to almost 1,500 acres (2.3 square miles) and is about 40 percent contained. Firefighters are extinguishing hotspots near containment lines in the Pisgah National Forest north of Marion.

Officials told a community meeting in Marion on Thursday it appeared the fire was started by people but they have not determined whether the blaze reported Sunday was the work of an arsonist.

The weekend weather forecast anticipates warm and dry conditions that could continue drying vegetation that feeds the fire. Relief may come from thunderstorms next week.

Air quality was expected to slide into the unhealthy range in McDowell, Burke, Mitchell, and Avery Counties for outdoor activities and people with asthma.

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7:10 a.m.

A wildfire is growing in the mountains of western North Carolina but firefighters say they are making progress in controlling the flames.

The U.S. Forest Service told local media Thursday the fire in McDowell County has burned more than 2 square miles.

There have been no injuries.

Firefighters say they have a solid containment line on the north side of the Dobson Knob fire. There are concerns the fire could spread south, even though there is a containment line there, too.

Officials told a community meeting in Marion on Thursday it appeared the fire was started by people but they have not determined whether the blaze reported Sunday was the work of an arsonist.

No evacuations are planned.

Officials hope to have the fire contained Saturday and extinguished next week.

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