- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

NEBO, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters have fully contained a wildfire burning near Linville Gorge and north of Lake James in Burke County.

A statement issued Thursday by the forest service said the wildfire was located in an area that underwent prescribed burns three and six years ago to reduce fuels and restore wildlife habitat. The reduction in fuels helped slow the spread of the fire.

The fire was reported Monday in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but officials suspect it was caused by humans.


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