Chestnut Knob fire tops 5000 acres

Crews are making progress in stopping the spread of more than a dozen wildfires across Western North Carolina.

MORGANTON, N.C. -- More than 6000 acres continue to burn in South Mountains State Park as firefighters try to control the flames.

Firefighters estimate the wildfire is about 30-percent contained.

Flames barely missed Phil Church's house in the Enola community.

"I'm feeling really good right now because it's not burning too high," Church said. "I know we'll be relieved when it gets past us at this point."

But there's still no relief for firefighters as changing weather conditions this weekend could fuel the fire; a dry cold front is expected to pass over the area which will create strong winds that could further spread the flames.

Smoke has already contributed to the Charlotte-area receiving a Code Orange air quality alert for Friday.

"[It's] pretty mind-boggling how far the smoke reaches and how much of an impact it's had on the rest of the country," Church said.

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