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Dec 16, 2014

04:25:45 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: WF-20141216-46342-USA

Date / time: 16/12/2014 04:24:03 [UTC]

Event: Forest / Wild Fire

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of North Carolina

Location: [Silver Creek]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A fire that started early Saturday morning in the Silver Creek Housing Development off U.S. Highway 64 burned across 300 acres before it was contained Monday morning. Despite the area burned, there was no notable property damage, according to Roger Miller, public information officer with the North Carolina Forest Service. "There were several homes out on the top of the ridge that the fire burned right up to the porches," Miller said. "We had a very close call, and it's due to the firefighters' efforts that no homes were lost up here." The fire started before daybreak and "burned pretty quickly through some very rough terrain" in the housing development off of U.S. Highway 64, Miller said. Responding agencies included the N.C. Forest Service, West End Fire Department, Brindletown Fire Department, Icard Fire and Rescue, Dysartsville Fire Department, Glen Alpine Fire Department, Oak Hill Fire Department, Triple Community Fire Department, Salem Fire Department, the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office and North Carolina Emergency Management. Roughly 50 firefighters battled the blaze over the weekend, and 40 on Monday. One firefighter from Triple Community Fire Department received second-degree burns and was treated at the Morganton campus of Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge. The fire was considered 85 percent contained by Sunday afternoon, and the forest service announced it was 100 percent contained at 8 a.m. Monday. That means any active fire remaining is within designated control lines. "There's still a little bit of burning within the control lines, and what our folks are doing is patrolling the control lines and taking care of any smoldering debris or anything that may be on fire close by to those control lines," Miller said. About 25 homes in the housing development were threatened, but there was no mandatory evacuation. "Some homeowners did leave of their own accord," Miller said.

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