10-acre wildfire reported near Linville Gorge

NEBO -  Firefighters were attempting to contain a 10-acre wildfire burning along Old NC 105 near Linville Gorge, north of Lake James in Burke County Tuesday afternoon. The Paddy's Creek Fire was reported Monday afternoon in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is located near the south end of Linville Gorge, adjacent to the wilderness area.

Firefighters worked through the night on Monday to construct containment lines and hold the fire during strong winds, said spokeswoman Lisa Jennings with the U.S. Forest Service in a news release. A helicopter was on scene Tuesday.

Officials said Tuesday that no structures were threatened.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed Old NC 105 north of Paddy's Creek Road to the intersection with Forest Service Road (FSRD) 106 for driver's safety. Motorists and area residents are asked to heed closures and to stay away from the fire area.

FSRD 106 remained open Tuesday and can be accessed from the north end of Old NC 105.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but authorities believe a human caused the flames, Jennings said.

The U.S. Forest Service is leading fire response efforts with assistance from Burke County REACT, North Cove VFD, and North Carolina Forest Service.

Officials are encouraging people to use extreme caution with outdoor fires this fall.

Western North Carolina is currently in a severe drought and fire danger is extremely high. Dry and windy conditions are predicted to remain in the region through early December.

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