Linville Gorge Fire Increases In Size

It's hot and it's dry -- enough to rekindle a fire in the Pisgah National Forest.

Officials say that over the last week, the fire at Shortoff Mountain has grown from 19-hundred acres to three-thousand acres.

The U-S Forest Service says more than 100 people are working the fire, along with two helicopters, four engines and a bulldozer. He says firefighters plan to conduct burnouts over the next several
days.

Burnouts are used to clear out combustible fuels inside the control lines to make it more difficult for wildfires to jump the lines.

There's also an 816-acre Dobson Knob fire, which began burning again yesterday. Firefighters used helicopter water drops to control the blaze.

It's believed lightning started both fires.


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