Blowing Rock fire grown to 900 acres

Emergency crews tells NBC Charlotte they finally feel like they have the fire under control.

WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- You can see the fire line from the distance. However, the good news is that crews have been successful in containing it. 

"The only thing I'm worried about is losing my house," said local resident John Connel. "But they guaranteed me I wouldn't."

Around John Connel's home, flames shoot into the air.

"I'm not worried at all to be honest with you. They've been parked in my driveway and been telling me what's going on," Connel said.

At Blowing Rock, 125 emergency personnel have been working at all hours to contain the nearby fire --  which has grown to 900 acres.

"If we're not able to keep it contained, there are a lot of homes that would be threatened in the future," N.C. Forest Service Incident Commander Brent Triplett said.

Emergency personnel so have have the fire 65 percent contained. They still do not know how it started, but arson is not being ruled out as a possibility.

Fifty-five homes are considered in danger and dozens have evacuated just before Thanksgiving. Firefighters in the area will have to work through the holiday.

"It's a very tough thing for them to be away form their homes at this time but firefighters are dedicated," Triplett said. "We all just try to encourage each other as much as we can."

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