North Carolina Fires Burn Nearly 13-Hundred Acres

Nearly 13-hundred acres have burned in North Carolina's mountains and forestry officials say more could burn in the Pisgah National Forest before the fires are controlled.

Two fires -- one at Dobson Knob and another at Shortoff Mountain
-- were started last week by lightning strikes. Heavy rain that was
forecast in North Carolina didn't fall in the fire area.

Officials say the fires were 15 percent contained.

Spokesman Terry Seyden of the U-S Forestry Service says today the Shortoff Mountain fire has burned about 700 acres. The fire at Dobson Knob has burned about 500 acres and a fire at Cold Mountain has burned about 70 acres.