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Firefighters expect to contain wildfire near Blue Ridge Parkway

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 9:37 AM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 10:17 AM EDT
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BREVARD, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - Officials said firefighters from several agencies have made good progress on the fire burning in the Pisgah National Forrest near the Pisgah Inn

We’re told firefighters got the call for the brush fire at milepost 410 Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived, crews found the fire was burning in the Yellow Gap area of Pisgah Forest.

Officials estimate that the fire grew to 370 acres, but firefighters are expected to finish containment on May 2, 2022. Over the next few days, crews will patrol the area and put out hotspots near the containment lines. According to officials, some smoke and burning of heavy materials could continue until heavy rainfall hits the area.

All roads previously closed due to the fire have reopened. However, multiple trails in the area remain closed as firefighters continue their work.

Currently, 30 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service are assigned to the wildfire.

Firefighters believe the fire began from an abandoned campfire, but the investigation into the cause is still ongoing.