Nearly 2000 acre fire in Haywood County almost contained following rainfall

Officials said the fire is 72% contained
Crews are working to contain a wildfire in Haywood County
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 3:41 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2023 at 4:40 PM EST
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HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The U.S. Forest Services said crews remain in Haywood County as they continue their efforts to contain the Black Bear fire that began near Interstate 40 in Haywood County last week.

According to officials, the fire began near mile marker 3 of I-40 following a vehicle crash at around 9:00 a.m. on November 16.

Officials said as of November 22, the fire has impacted 1,888 acres near the Black Bear area in the Appalachian Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest. They added that following recent rainfall in the area, the fire is 79% contained.

Multiple roads and areas are currently closed due to the fire. People in the area can find more information regarding the closures here.

Officials issued a burning ban for several counties until further notice.

Temporary flight restrictions have also been issued for crews to conduct fire operations from the air.

This is the eighth North Carolina fire that has been reported.

Stay with us as we work to learn more about the situation.