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Wildfire expected to reach to more than 500 acres in western NC

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NANTAHALA NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. — Firefighters in western North Carolina are battling a rapidly spreading blaze in a remote and rugged corner of the Nantahala National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is expected to reach between 500 and 600 acres Tuesday, an increase from about 60 acres Monday.

Officials say 90 percent of the fire is on national forest land and no homes or other buildings are in danger.

The fire is located about 14 miles northwest of Murphy, near Turner Top Mountain. The blaze was reported Sunday.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. They say it was not the result of a planned burn.

Firefighters hope for some strong rain Wednesday to help control the blaze.

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This story was written and provided by The Associated Press Wire.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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