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Horton Fire reaches 1,400 acres; Firefighters make progress on Party Rock Fire

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WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- North Carolina Forest Service officials say the Horton Fire has burned through 1,400 acres and is now 65 percent contained.

As crews continue to investigate the possibility that the fire was intentionally set, a team from Northern Idaho assumed command of the flames Friday morning.


The source of the fire may prove to have been two different spots, near Sampson Road, which turned into the wildfire and has the potential to threaten 55 homes to the northeast of Blowing Rock. In addition to the 55 homes, countless others have been blanketed by its smoke.

Officials say all structures and homes are safe and without damage.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Party Rock Fire has burned through 7,171 acres and is 70 percent contained, the Maple Springs Fire has burned 7,788 acres and is 71 percent contained, the Boteler Fire 9,036 and the Tellico Fire 13,874. The Boteler fire is 77 percent contained while the Tellico Fire is 95 percent.

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