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Wildfires burning thousands of acres in North Carolina

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A blaze near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has burned almost 1,100 acres.

The NC Department of Transportation has closed portions of US Highway 264 for public safety. By Thursday morning, it had consumed 14,000 acres and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were planning another update this morning.

The North Carolina Forest Service says plans continue to hold the fire south of Jackson and Maple roads, while the western flank is still south of Whipping Creek Road.

During the night, the fire burned across control lines on the Atoah side. The agency hopes to have a cleared area completely around the fire to help contain it. Crews were working alongside the route on Tuesday morning to prevent the fire from spreading further.

Graham County has had 15 brush fires as of April 18, most caused by escaped debris burning fires. Investigators said they are treating several of the fires as arson, and that rewards are being offered. The state Forest Service is also battling large fires in coastal Brunswick County and in Cherokee National Forest along the Tennessee line.

Officials said this fire was started by arson, and a reward is being offered as well.

Darrin Jackson

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