• Officials say Watauga Co. wildfire now under control


    WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. - On Saturday night, Eyewitness News learned the Watauga County wildfire is now under control.

    Several more firefighters will still head to the wooded area of east of Blowing Rock on Sunday.

    Six fire departments started fighting the fire on Saturday, and crews on the scene told Eyewitness News that the wildfire spread well over an acre, but no homes were threatened.

    It is not currently clear what started the fire.

    Closer to the Virginia border, firefighters said a wildfire in Surry County could spread to 1,000 acres.

    The fire has already spread to 700 acres at Pilot Mountain State Park.

    Investigators said the fire started as a prescribed burn on Thursday to get rid of dead leaves, but the flames jumped the fire line.

    Neighbors said that they are not only concerned, but angry.

    Surry County EMS Officials said they hope to have the fire out in the next few days.

    No injuries have been reported at this time.

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