State Wide Fire Problems

Winds gusting up to 60 mph in some areas have toppled trees and power lines and fanned brush fires across North Carolina.

The state Highway Patrol reported a brush fire reduced visibility to zero on Interstate 85 at the Vance-Granville county line.

A patrol dispatcher said traffic was being rerouted to U.S. 158 into Granville County. Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbott said Interstate 40 in Guilford County was closed because of fallen power lines blamed on the high winds.
Officials with the state Division of Forest Resources reported brush fires in at least seven counties in eastern North Carolina, including a 300-acre fire in Tyrrell County.

In western North Carolina, the National Weather Service upgraded its wind advisory to a high wind warning that would be in effect until 1 a.m. Monday.