Wildfires still burning in western North Carolina

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HAYESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At least a dozen wildfires continue to burn in western North Carolina.

Fire officials said in a news release late Sunday that nearly 350 firefighters were trying to contain the blazes in the Nantahala Ranger District.

The largest is the Boteler fire near Hayesville in Clay County. More than 1,600 acres have burned since the fire started Oct. 25. Firefighters say the fire is only about 10 percent contained.

The second largest fire was at Tellico northwest of Franklin. Officials said more than 1,100 acres have burned. Officials say the fire was reported last Thursday and is only about 25 percent contained. Part of the Appalachian Trail is closed by the fires.

Gov. Pat McCrory visited the Hayesville command site over the weekend to get a briefing on the fires.