Without rain and continued severe drought conditions, wildfires continue to burn across Western NC. Emergency Services Director Todd Dillard has called for a State of Emergency in Jackson County. He told WRGC, “all the municipalities in Jackson County have declared a state of emergency. This has been due to the increased wildfires burning in our neighboring counties.”
One of the largest fires burning is the Tellico wildfire, which is now more than 3,400 acres and only 25 percent contained. That wildfire started in Macon County and spread to Swain County where a state of emergency has been declared.
Residents in the Wesser Creek Road area have been asked to evacuate. A dozen or so families live in that area but most have not left their homes. Some homes are only a few hundred feet away from the fire. Swain County Schools will not run buses on the roads of the affected areas.
Shelters have been set up and are available for people who have been evacuated at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and the Southwestern Community College Almond Center in Bryson City.