Controlled Burn Develops Into 50-Acre Fire

What started as a controlled burn in Madison County turned into an out-of-control fire on Wednesday, burning 50 acres on Walnut Mountain.

At least two dozen firefighters from the N-C Forest Service along with crews from eight local departments responded to the afternoon fire off High Rock Mountain Road. A forest ranger says the fire started as a local resident burned overgrowth on his property.

The fire was about half-contained Wednesday night, and the forest service says no structures were under serious threat. The few homes near the fire were being protected. Two had fire trucks parked in their driveways.

The National Weather Service issued a fire danger statement for most of western North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon that warned of high winds and dry conditions.