McDowell County Wildfire Now 100% Contained (2017-12-20 16:58:28)

Rain overnight aided firefighters on the Coxes Creek no. 7 fire in McDowell County, which is now 100% contained.

The fire increased to approximately 200 acres yesterday before the rain.

The Coxes Creek #7 Fire was reported Monday afternoon on U.S. Forest Service land and private property in the Turkey Cove Community off 226A north of Marion.

Firefighters conducted burnout operations Tuesday and provided structure protection on 6 homes. No homes were damaged or lost.

The fire area received nearly ½ inch of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, extinguishing most of the flames. Interior hot spots remain but should be fully extinguished with additional rainfall. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire over the next several days.

Smoke may remain in the area into Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McDowell County Sherriff's Office at 828-652-2237.