WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- Over 50 firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel continued their fight against the Horton Fire while most were sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner.
Their focus and main priority was on protecting the homes the fire threatened, particularly along Dugger Fire Tower Road.
According to the Horton Fire officials, the fire was approximately 1200 acres in size and 65 percent contained Friday. It is expected to grow to between 1350 to 1500 acres within the established containment lines.
Luckily, no homes have been lost in the fire as of Friday.
A minimal amount of rain fell Thursday night, which assisted firefighters in their efforts. However, the fight continues Friday and into the weekend as approximately 125 responders from multiple agencies work towards full containment.
Incident Commander Brent Triplett thanked firefighters for working during the holiday.
"We are very thankful for the wonderful community support and for the ongoing dedication of all the responders and particularly to the many volunteer firefighters who have been vital to this response," Triplett said.
The Horton Fire's blog says a Type III Incident Management Team will arrive Friday to aide in the fire's management.
Sampson Road remains closed at State View Road. Members of the public who do not live in the area are asked to avoid the area.