A fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the Parris Branch community off Happy Holler Road in Sylva. Eddie Parris, a local landowner, lost approximately 4 acres of land in the fire. Eddie Parris told WRGC that this fire marks the third to destroy his forest land over the past few years. Parris said the fire was believed to have started around 1:00 pm and burned until 10:00 pm. He said if not for the fire department, his home would’ve been destroyed in the fire as well as his forestland. NC Wildlife Services brought a helicopter in to help keep the fire under control.
According to Benji Reece with the North Carolina Wildlife Service around 6 acres of land burned. The fire is still under investigation by the Sylva Fire Department and the Wildlife Service. Though no conclusion has been found, Reece speculated it was likely caused by a burn pile of debris which got out of hand. He warns this is the season for many fires to start with people burning brush and debris.