WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- Some are calling it a Thanksgiving miracle. The fire in Watauga County was threatening homes and only 20 percent contained earlier this week, now is almost fully under controlled.
Emergency crews say they can feel the support from the community.
"It was so exciting and such a blessing to see that rain come and be very helpful for helping put it out and contain it," Said Blowing Rock resident Rhonda Donner. "Just feeling very blessed that God shined on us and sent that rain."
"We want to tell them how grateful and appreciative we are for what they do and have done," Donner said.
The "Horton" fire has grown to 1200 acres. But after a night of rain and surprisingly favorable weather conditions, firefighters are confident it will soon be fully under control
"We've had a lot of long hours and a lot of hard hours but everyone has done an excellent job," said Boone Operations Section Chief Jimmy Isaacs.
At Blowing Rock, 125 emergency personnel are spending the week monitoring flames. Nearly 3,000 people are fighting other fires across the state.
So far the Horton fire has not burned a single structure in Blowing Rock.
"Words can’t express the gratefulness and appreciation for the sacrifices they made, its such a dangerous job they have, and they were so willing to get in there and help people protect their homes and work so hard," Donner said.
Locals have also teamed up to put together homemade, boxed Thanksgiving dinners for the firefighters.