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Forest Service gives Saturday update on western NC wildfires

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NORTH CAROLINA (FOX CAROLINA) -

Massive efforts are underway to battle several wildfires raging through the Carolinas. 

In North Carolina alone, wildfires in the western part of the state have burned thousands and thousands of acres. The North Carolina Forest Service released updates on the following active fires on Saturday:

Tellico Fire

The Tellico fire is the largest of the wildfires burning in western North Carolina, having burned 13,874 acres. This fire began on November 3 in Swain and Macon counties and is now 95 percent contained. The Ferebee fire has also joined with the Tellico fire.

Boteler Fire

The Boteler fire has burned 9,036 acres and is 77 percent contained. This fire began on October 25 in Clay County.

Maple Springs and Old Roughy Fires

These two fires have burned a total of 7,788 acres and combined, are 78 percent contained. They both began in Graham County on November 4.

Party Rock Fire

The Party Rock fire has burned 7,171 acres as of Saturday and is 85 percent contained. This fire began on November 5 on Chimney Rock State Park land about 1 mile north of Lake Lure.

Chestnut Knob Fire

The Chestnut Knob fire is estimated to have burned 6,435 acres and is 80 percent contained. This fire began November 6 in South Mountain State Park, about 10 miles south of Morganton, N.C.

Clear Creek Fire

The Clear Creek Fire has burned 2,986 acres of land as of Saturday and is 30 percent contained. The fire began November 20 in McDowell County.

Camp Branch Fire

The Camp Branch fire has burned 1,363 acres to date and is 20 percent contained. The fire began on November 22 in Macon County.

Avey Branch Fire

The Avey Branch fire has burned 1,200 acres at this time. The fire is 17 percent contained and began on November 4 in an area north of Santeetlah Lake.

Knob Fire

The Knob Fire has now burned 1,130 acres and is 100 percent contained. This fire began on November 2 on Rocky Knob Mountain, 8 miles west of Franklin, N.C.

Dobson 3 Fire

The Dobson 3 fire has burned 756 acres and is comprised of 15 fires. This fire is now 95 percent contained and began November 2 in Cherokee.

Dick's Creek Fire

The Dick's Creek Fire has burned 729 acres and is 99 percent contained. This fire began on October 23 at Dick's Creek Drainage, 2 miles NW of Sylva.

May Branch Fire

The May Branch fire is 175 acres and no longer growing. This fire is 98 percent contained at this time and began on November 3 in an area west of Nanatahala Lake.

Cathey Gap Fire

The Cathey Gap fire burned 123 acres as of Saturday. This fire is 100 percent contained and started November 17, three miles northeast of Wolf Creek Lake.

Cliffside Fire

The Cliffside fire has burned a total of 110 acres and is 100 percent contained. This fire began November 2 in Highlands, N.C.

Muskrat Valley Fire

The Muskrat Valley fire has burned 104 acres as of Saturday evening and is 99 percent contained. This fire began in Franklin, N.C. on November 11.

Moses Creek Fire

The Moses Creek fire is the smallest of the wildfires burning in western North Carolina, at 103 acres. This fire is 98 percent contained and began October 28 in Jackson County.

For more information on the wildfires currently burning in western North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Forest Service website here.

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