Wildefires Reported In Ashe County And Wilkes County (2016-11-21 16:16:27)

A fire in the West Jefferson/Fleetwood area grew to around 120 acres Sunday and is expected to last for several days.

According to WataugaOnline, as of Sunday evening, there are no official evacuations, although The Watauga Democrat reports several have evacuated voluntarily.

Reports say the fire initially started as a structure fire but spread into the woods. Multiple fire departments are involved in fighting the fire. Ashe County Emergency Management’s Facebook page warns people to stay away from the Paul Goodman Rd & Water Tank Rd areas. According to the Jefferson Post, at one point at least a dozen fire departments were called to the scene. According to The Post Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill says the fire is now an official N.C. Forest Service event. Dry conditions will continue into the middle of the week, with diminishing winds.

The Wilkes Journal Patriot reports A forest fire off White Oak Road in Wilbar burned 67 acres but was considered contained by 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Wilkes County Forester Nathan Gatlin.

Friday November 18th, the Town of Boone expanded the burning ban in the city limits. Boone Fire Department Captain Mike Teague says that recreational fires such as fire pits and portable fire pits, and ornamental fires such as tiki torches are now banned.

Manufactured grills and cookers are still allowed under the current ban, but should be used with extreme caution.

The expanded ban will remain in effect until further notice. For more information about the expanded burning ban, call the Boone Fire Department at 828-268-6180.