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Wildfire forces mandatory evacuations in multiple western NC counties

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As wildfires burn throughout western North Carolina, covering more than 19,000 acres of forest in the last week, residents in multiple counties are being forced to evacuate their houses. Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency for 25 western counties.

WLOS reports in Swain and Macon counties, the wildfire now covers 5,160 acres with only 10 percent containment. In Macon County, mandatory evacuations have begun.

In Graham County, wildfires are burning in Goldmine, Gladdens Creek, East Buffalo, Jordan Hill and Ryefield. Jordan Hill and Ryefield evacuations are underway.

There are also mandatory evacuations in parts of Clay County as the Boteler fire is now at 3,500 acres.

The Avey Branch and Maple Springs wildfires have burned more than 5,000 acres and are only at 17 percent containment. The Party Rock wildfire is at 435 acres is 15 percent contained.

Firefighters from all over the state are coming in to help and a burn ban is in effect for 25 counties in western North Carolina. People who burn items openly can face large fines.

To get the latest information about each active wildfire, click here.