Mountain wildfire burns two homes

The Associated Press

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BLACK MOUNTAIN — A fire in the mountains of western North Carolina has destroyed two homes and damaged another.

The fire was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday near Black Mountain.

No one was hurt.

Fire Chief Steve Jones said the homes were on fire when firefighters arrived. Jones said only one of the homes was occupied at the time.

Officials are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

There have been more than a dozen fires in the mountains since Saturday. A fire in Jackson County burned 30 acres and threatened several homes Sunday.

Hugh Hassell with the North Carolina Forest Service in Sylva said there is a serious danger from fires even with two heavy snows in the past several weeks. Hughes says grass, leaves and twigs have dried quickly.