Rain helping contain wildfires across western North Carolina

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say rain is helping contain wildfires in western North Carolina.

Firefighting officials report Wednesday that fires that began Oct. 25 in Clay County are 85 percent contained. Fires from Nov. 4 in Graham County are 78 percent contained. Fires started Nov. 20 in McDowell County are 91 percent contained, and fires from Nov. 22 in Macon County are 75 percent contained.

A wind advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday, which will likely produce gusts of 45 mph.

Authorities say rain and high humidity should prevent the winds from worsening the fires, but trees weakened by fire and rain will be blown onto roadways and trails.

At least four people have died in wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.