Containment grows in western NC forest fire

Firefighters continue to battle the Dobson Knob fire in McDowell County.

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Five days after sparking, the Dobson Knob fire in McDowell County has burned 1,467 acres according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire grew 62 acres overnight but officials say they have the fire 40 percent contained.

"We do feel at this time that we have a good handle on it," says Eric Muecke, an urban forestry specialist. "We are constantly monitoring the fire, even the edges that we feel we have a good control on."

As of Friday morning, 213 people were working on the fire that still isn't threatening structures. However, officials have issued a Code Orange, urging people with respiratory problems to avoid strenuous activity outside.

With Easter weekend here, Muecke discourages people from traveling to document the spectacle of smoke, especially if your way of taking pictures involves altitude.

"The important thing to understand is that we cannot have people out here with drones. If drones are in the air, then we are unable to fly, to manage the air."
 

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