Fire in NC mountains grows

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Fire in NC mountains grows

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte & Associated Press

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:52 PM

MORGANTON, N.C. -- Wednesday night, firefighters suspended their battle against a growing blaze in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

"When you're working into the evening and you don't have the advantage of night, it gets real dangerous," said Deborah Walker with the U.S. Forest Service.

By late in the day, The U.S. Forest Service says it had about 60 firefighters working on the fire near Table Rock Mountain in Burke County.

The fire increased from 40 acres to 100 acres by Wednesday morning.

"We had that weather front that came through.  And that little bit of rain we got, we didn’t get very much rain up here. But did bring a lot of wind," said Walker.

The forest service says the fire expected to continue growing for the next couple of days.  Unable to transport heavy machinery into the wilderness, the firefighters are using hand tools to dig trenches around the fire.

Firefighters continue to work to protect the Outward Bound base camp area, which is vacant. No other homes or structures are threatened.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  But the U.S. Forest Service wants to hear from anyone who was at the Table Rock picnic area Monday, where investigators believe the fire sparked.

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