- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Forestry officials say two fires burning in western North Carolina have reached 95 percent containment, meaning resources can be dispatched to help with the fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/2fXeCiK) the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that the Clear Creek fire northwest of Marion and the Horton fire in Watauga County are both 95 percent contained. Officials said three other wildfires still active Thursday showed no growth.

The forest service said more than 3 inches of rain recently fell at both locations, helping to extinguish hot spots and provide short-term relief.

The N.C. Department of Air Quality has issued a Code Green status for most of the state, with Code Yellow conditions remaining in several counties near wildfires. Burning bans remain in effect for several western counties.

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