Firefighters contain wildfire in Madison

Firefighters contain wildfire in Madison

8 March 2007

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Marshall, USA — Flames up to 40 feet high burned 50 acres on Walnut Mountainin Madison County on Wednesday after a controlled burn turned into an out ofcontrol fire.

A helicopter fights Wednesday’s fire as seen from Brush Creek Road in Marshall. At least two dozen firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service along with crews from eight local departments responded to the afternoon fire off High Rock Mountain Road.

The fire was about half-contained Wednesday night, and no structures were under serious threat, the Forest Service said.

“We’ll be here all night and most of the day tomorrow,” Forest Service Ranger Tony Webb said.

The fire started as a High Rock Mountain Road resident burned overgrowth on his property, Webb said.

The National Weather Service’s Greer, S.C, office issued a fire danger statement for most of Western North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon that warned of high winds and dry conditions.

A Forest Service helicopter stationed at Asheville Regional Airport made repeated dumps on the fire, bringing water from a nearby mountain pond.

The few homes near the fire were being protected. Two had fire trucks parkedin their driveway.

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