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NCFS: Transylvania Co. Fires Sparked By Vehicle

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Picture from 7 On Your Side's Emily Pace, who is at the scene. Picture from 7 On Your Side's Emily Pace, who is at the scene.


Updated: April 29, 2013

Investigators believe a series of fires that burned Friday in western North Carolina was sparked by a vehicle that was dragging something.

The North Carolina Forest Service tells 7 On Your Side they came to the conclusion due to the number of fires and the distance between them.

They say it's not a commomn cause, but something that happens from time to time.

The fire burned dozens of acres off Highway 64 near Rosman, in Transylvania County.

Updated: April 27, 2013

Fire officials ask those traveling through in the Highway 64 west area to use caution from Frozen Creek Road to the top of Quebec Mountain. 

Crews are on the scene mopping up from Friday's fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

Posted: April 26, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.

Firefighters are now working on containing one large wildfire. 

A spokesman for the N.C. Forest Service tells 7 On Your Side the wildfire crews are still battling was two separate blazes that burned into one.  Flames have now scorched 40 acres of state and federal land.

Crews were able to extinguish four other wild fires set along Rosman Highway in Transylvania County.

More than 40 firefighters, two aircrafts and two bulldozers have been used to fight the flames.

Officials say there have been no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

"We don't really have a cause yet to what started the fires.   Every fire, for us, is suspicious," said Rob Townley with the N.C. Forest Service.

He says officials will investigate each fire separately, but won't be able to do so until the flames are completely out.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene throughout the night.

Keep checking back for new updates.

Posted: April 26, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

Officials in western North Carolina are on the scene of several fires that are threatening homes along Highway 64 Friday.

Authorities tell 7 On Your Side that it looks like someone intentionally set the fires.

North Carolina Forest Service officials say there were six different fires they were working to contain.  Two of the fires have been contained.  The others are still burning.

Images from Air 7 show multiple areas along the roadway with smoke rising from them.

Forest Service officials say 15 to 20 acres have been burned.  Six homes are threatened by the flames, but no evacuations have been put in place.

Currently, a NC Forest Service helicopter is out, along with a bridge crew and hand crews helping local firefighters.

A command post has been set up off of Old Highway 64 along Frozen Creek.

We're working to get you the latest updates.  Keep checking back.

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