Fire burns 50 acres in the Smoky Mountains

Fire burns 50 acres in the Smoky Mountains


CHEROKEE, N.C. (WATE) - Firefighters fought a 50 acre wildfire on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend.

The Raven Fork fire is located near Cherokee, North Carolina between Big Cove Road and Raven Fork.

Officials said it began Saturday evening.

As of Monday afternoon, 30 firefighters were able to contain about 70 percent of the fire.

Rangers described it as a low-intensity fire, with flames less than a foot in size. They have set up containment lines around the fire.

No structures are being threatened.

All trails and roads are still open, but drivers are being asked to use caution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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