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NC mountains wildfire contained 40 percent Friday

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BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — The Table Rock wildfire in the North Carolina mountains is 40 percent contained, compared to five percent Thursday night.

The fire has completely burned 18 acres and has scorched over 300.

A chance of rain and less wind Friday could help firefighters as they try to stop it from spreading.

WSOC reports that firefighters will create “burn outs” between containment lines and the fire in hopes of slowing it down.

The fire has been burning for nearly two days and is getting closer to some homes in the area.

Due to the smoke from the fire, an Air Quality Alert has been issued Friday for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties.

The fire is in the Table Rock Mountain area within the Linville Gorge of the North Carolina Mountains.

It was reported that by the time officials are able to contain this fire, more than 1,000 acres could burn.

The smoke from the wildfire could be seen as far away as Hickory.

Helicopters are now being used to set back fires ahead of the main fire line by shooting incendiary devices into the woods.

The hope is to set smaller fires that will blacken the forest floor cutting off the fire’s fuel and keeping it in check.

Officials will also use dirt roads to cut the fire off before it gets anywhere near the homes in the area.

Read more: WSOC

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