Forest Fire Burning In Yancey County

Fire crews rode a freight train into an isolated area of the North Carolina mountains today to fight a forest fire that has consumed about 200 acres of woodland.

The fire was located on U.S. Forest Service land in Yancey County near the Tennessee line. Forest service spokesman Terry Seyden says the fire started Thursday with a lightning strike.

It is located near the Nolichucky River in the Lost Cove area. Additional firefighters were brought in to start a backburn to try to burn the fire out. A state forestry helicopter was dumping water on the fire.

Seyden says another fire had burned 60 acres of federal land near Hot Springs in Madison County.