Hundreds work through Thanksgiving to keep Horton Fire contained

BLUE RIDGE, N.C. -- Disasters don’t take a break for the holiday, and neither do the brave men and women working to contain the Horton Fire in Blue Ridge, just south of Boone.

Officials say the fire is now 65% contained, as crews work through Thanksgiving night to maintain a perimeter around the wildfire.

"Once you get the fire secured and you get it where you want it, there's a lot of work in keeping it there,” said operating section chief, Jimmy Isaacs.

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A new “incident team” will be taking over the command post to help coordinate and allocate resources to smother the fire. The group from Idaho will be managing about 125 people across 52 agencies from here to the west coast, all in western North Carolina to contain the wildfire.

Despite a light rain Wednesday night, fire officials say it did not do much to help the extremely dry conditions.

But as crews work turkey day, they feel the community love.

"We are extremely grateful and thankful for the community here in Watauga County,” said Horton Fire Public Information Officer Nathan Hunerwadel.

Even students from the Cove Creek Elementary School sent out thank you cards for support.

"Thank you for protecting us, and saving us from fires,” Hunerwadel

For more information about the Horton Fire, click here.