Wildfire Still Burning in Western NC

Feb 15, 2011

The Division of Forest Resources is working to put out with a number of fires across the state. Windy, dry conditions have contributed to 211 fires over the past several days. Forest Resources spokesman Brian Haines says crews have had trouble containing the 582-acre Lumber Plant Fire in Surry County in western North Carolina.

"Just to get a fire line or a containment line around the fire has been difficult because the wind is pushing it so fast. Out there where it’s real steep and it’s rocky terrain you pretty much have to do everything by hand line. So you know, you have just guys in the woods raking out, you know, down to mineral soil raking these paths out."

According to a news release, that fire is about 25 percent contained. Haines says winds have died down, which should help with full containment.