Crews Plan To Fight Fire With Fire

Fire crews plan to burn about 1,200 acres near a wildfire in western North Carolina to limit damage from the blaze.

The Asheville Citizens Times reported Wednesday that fire team
spokesman Eric Mosley says the Sunrise fire has burned about 740
acres and is about 50 percent contained.

Mosley says weather conditions improved Tuesday, with cloud cover and higher humidity.

The blaze is about 15 miles north of Marion off U.S. 221.

Deborah Walker with the Forest Service says firefighters hope to
contain the blaze along the Linville Gorge Wilderness.

Crews plan to begin burning 1,200 acres identified as potential
fuel, starting Thursday.

Mosley says that will allow fire fighters to be confident the blaze won't flare up again when the fire is extinguished.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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