Mandatory evacuation is areas of western NC as weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires

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There is a mandatory evacuation in areas of western North Carolina as weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires.

The growth of the fire has caused fire managers and town officials to revise the noon-announced mandatory evacuation for portions of Chimney Rock and the Lake Lure communities.

Buncombe County has also issued an immediate voluntary evacuation for several communities and emergency managers are working on shelter arrangements, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

Arson is being investigated as the possible cause of more than 20 wildfires throughout western North Carolina, according to officials.

The wildfires have been active for more than a week and have covered more than 19,000 acres and continue to spread.

Governor Pat McCrory announced Saturday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request for financial assistance to fight the wildfires currently burning in the western part of the state.