- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Firefighters battling a wildfire near Lake Lure are finding a new challenge as wind gusts up to 30 mph fan the flames and hinder efforts to attack the blaze from the air.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/2ekRNX6) Victoria Tillotson of the N.C. Forest Service said officials were hoping to provide air support to the fire that had spread to 344 acres, but the windy conditions prevented helicopters from getting into the air and dropping water on the blaze.

On the ground, crews were strengthening and maintaining fire containment lines. A main priority was continuing to keep fire lines clear of leaves and other debris to limit the amount of fuel the fire can burn.

During the night Tuesday, personnel worked to protect up to 35 homes that were threatened.

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