Officials say the Table Rock Fire grew from 40 to 100 acres. The U.S. Forest Service said later Wednesday that the blaze, about a quarter-mile southwest of Table Rock Mountain, is threatening the Outward Bound base camp area. That is in the east-central part of the Linville Gorge.
The camp is vacant, according to Stevin Wescott, public affairs officer with the U.S. Forest Service operations in North Carolina. Wescott said no injuries have been reported, and no other homes or buildings are threatened currently.
The National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said dry weather in recent weeks has raised the wildfire risk in the western Carolinas. The Weather Service said a couple of small wildfires were reported over the weekend near the North Carolina-Tennessee line. Crews also battled a wildfire along Interstate 77 in Surry County on Monday.
But none of those blazes was anywhere near the size of the Burke County blaze. U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday afternoon that zero percent of the blaze was contained, and they expect the fire to grow over the next few days.
Wescott said residents and visitors in the area likely will see considerable activity in coming days.
“The incident command center will be at Catawba Meadows Park,” said Wescott, referring to a facility near Morganton. “It is likely that folks will see Forest Service activity at the park. And it is possible that helicopters may land and take off at the park.”
Officials say they do not know how the blaze started. They ask that anyone with information contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp at 828-652-2144.