- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Wildfires continue to burn across western North Carolina as the region awaits a break in the recent run of dry weather.

Local media outlets report the latest fire erupted Saturday above Party Rock in Lake Lure. Firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service at battling the blaze, which is estimated to be 60 acres.

A burn ban is in effect for the town of Lake Lure.

Crews are also fighting a 30-acre fire on Rumbling Bald Mountain since Saturday. The Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Area of Chimney Rock State Park remains closed as a result.

Fires also continue to burn in the Nantahala National Forest, leading to emergency closures, including the Appalachian Trail, which is now closed from Rock Gap to the Nantahala River.

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