HAYESVILLE (AP) — Officials are urging more residents in western North Carolina to evacuate as wildfires continue.
Clay County officials said in a news release late Wednesday that the growth and smoke from the Boteler Fire shows more evacuations are needed for several roads in Hayesville.
Officials said people living on five roads should leave their homes. It was not known how many homes are affected.
A fire in western Rutherford County has now burned more than 400 acres. People in 38 homes have been asked to evacuate because of the Party Rock Fire near Lake Lure. Officials said residents of an additional dozen homes may be asked to leave.
Smoke drifting into the town forced some businesses to close and reduced the number of visitors during the busy fall season.