Lost Cove wildfire now burning 700 acres

LINVILLE, N.C. (WITN) — The Lost Cove fire has grown to about 700 acres since it started on Christmas Eve in the Lost Cove Wilderness Study area. It is 20 percent contained.

18 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service are responding, with help from the Collettsville and Linville departments and the North Carolina Forest Service. Investigators do not know the cause. It’s burning in the in the Wilson Creek watershed on the U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District in Avery County, northeast of Asheville.

Investigators say higher humidity conditions have affected the spread, and the fire is primarily burning through fallen leaves now. The fire is expected to continue to grow within the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area until the area sees some significant rain. No homes or structures are threatened. If you’re looking to have some outdoor fun this holiday season, officials are asking you to stay out of the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area until the fire is contained.

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