- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

MARION, N.C. (AP) - Firefighters say they are making progress on a fire in the mountains of western North Carolina.

But local media outlets reported the fire has now burned more than 2 square miles in McDowell County.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bill Swartley said Wednesday afternoon that firefighters are working to remove potential fuel from areas near homes that have been threatened. Officials said 35 homes and 10 other buildings have been threatened by the fire.

The Dobson Knob fire started Sunday near the North Cove Community north of Marion.

The fire is about 15 percent contained.

About 140 firefighters are working on the blaze.

Swartley says weather conditions should improve for the rest of the week.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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