New wildfire sparks evacuations in eastern Watauga County

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — As crews continue to battle wildfires throughout North Carolina, a new fire spread in eastern Watauga County Monday evening, prompting additional evacuations in the area.

Officials say the fire broke out around 7:30 p.m. near Sampson Road and Watson Drive, according to WBTV. As the fire begins to approach homes, officials continue to issue evacuation orders.

The brush fire, which is moving into the woods, has spread to several hundred acres and is growing. Fire crews are going door-to-door to warn residents in the area.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Party Rock Fire has burned through 7,171 acres and is 45 percent contained, the Maple Springs Fire has burned 7,788 acres and is 69 percent contained, the Boteler Fire 9,043 and the Tellico Fire 13,874. The Boteler fire is 77 percent contained while the Tellico Fire is 91 percent.

Several new fires popped up this past weekend, including one rapidly spreading in Ashe County.

The wildfire started as a result of a structure fire, which started around 10 a.m. Sunday and spread to the woods as firefighters tried to get it under control, then took off up the mountain. One hundred acres burned within about four hours.

Firefighters and rescue crews from all over the state, including the Piedmont Triad, have traveled to western North Carolina to aid in relief efforts.

For a complete list of updates on each fire, click here.