280 firefighters trying to contain 800-acre wildfire in NC

MARION, N.C. (AP) -- Nearly 300 firefighters from four states are
working to contain a wildfire in western North Carolina that has
burned more than 800 acres.
The Asheville-Citizen Times reported Tuesday the fire in Pisgah
National Forest was about 50 percent contained.
U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Deborah Walker said the fire
could grow to as many as 2,000 acres later this week as crews plan
a backfire to prevent the fire from advancing.
Firefighters from Idaho, Arkansas and Oklahoma are helping local
crews fight the blaze. The fire is burning north of Marion in
McDowell County.
Farther west in Haywood County, 88 firefighters have fully
contained a fire that burned 425 acres.


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