- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) - Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire in the mountains of western North Carolina.

The U.S. Forest Service said the fire was reported in Jackson County Sunday morning. It had burned between 200 acres and 250 acres by Monday night.

The fire is burning on private land near Sylva.

Local media report that crews have built containment lines and used helicopters to drop water to try to put out the flames. Firefighters have also been working to clear brush and leaves away from homes and other buildings.

Officials are warning drivers on U.S. 74 that they will encounter smoke near Sylva.

Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The U.S. Forest is getting help from the North Carolina Forest Service and Jackson County.

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