- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MARION, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire in western North Carolina is growing.

Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings told local media Tuesday the McDowell County fire is about 10 percent contained.

The Dobson Knob fire has burned about 1 square mile on private land and in the Pisgah National Forest.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire began Sunday in the North Cove Community north of Marion. Jennings says the fire is threatening 35 homes and 10 other buildings.

She said no evacuations are planned. Jennings says firefighters are working burn potential fuel near the homes. Water tanks and fire hoses have been placed near the homes in case the fire gets any closer.

Helicopter water drops Monday also helped slow the spread of the fire around the homes.

About 90 firefighters were working to contain the flames.

Much of western North Carolina has been in drought conditions for nearly a year.

A fire near Nebo in McDowell County last month burned nearly 9 square miles.

Last November, dozens of wildfires burned about 80 square miles in western North Carolina. Some of those fires also burned land in northwestern South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.

More than 2,000 firefighters worked to contain those flames.

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