Western NC wildfires could become biggest on state record, forces evacuations

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SWAIN COUNTY, N.C. — Weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires in the western North Carolina mountains and force evacuation notices, according to WLOS.

One of the biggest ones is the Tellico fire stretching across Swain and Macon counties.

Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran said those told to evacuate have been cooperative.

Some have made the decision to stay in their homes, like Jimmy Lindsay who lives in the Silver Mine community. “Not too much,” he says when asked if he’s worried about the nearby fires.

Deputies are keeping a close eye on them to make sure they’re OK. And, of course, a lot of focus is on battling two fires.

Firefighters are here from around the country and have a strategy for attacking them.

“If we can get the two to meet, where the fires go into each other they will stop right there. So we well get more of a controlled burn that way,” says Deanna Younger, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

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