Forest service preps NC wildfire, wind gusts loom - WNCT

Forest service preps NC wildfire, wind gusts loom

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MORGANTON, N.C. -

Firefighters are working to mop up a wildfire in the western North Carolina mountains ahead of an expected increase in wind speed that could cause the blaze to flare back into life.

The U.S. Forest Service said Saturday the Table Rock wildfire which has burned almost 2,600 acres is about 70 percent contained. The 11-day-old blaze is in the Linville Gorge area of the Pisgah National Forest in Burke County.

Forest service officials expect the area to see changing weather conditions over the next week. A strong cold front was expected to increase wind gusts to 30 mph late Saturday.

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