Crippling drought conditions are sparking blaze after blaze across six states in the South.
Unseasonably warm dry weather has deepened a drought that's igniting forest fires across the southeastern USA, forcing people to flee homes in the Appalachian Mountains and blanketing Atlanta in a smoky haze. Several states have called in the National Guard for assistance. "This declaration will help facilitate evacuations as needed and provide further state assets to help combat the wildfires and support North Carolinians displaced by the fires". These range from the undergrowth to sticks, leaves and logs. It's even prohibited to park a vehicle off-road where a hot tailpipe might light up dry grass or leaves.
McCrory also said dry conditions are causing the wildfires to spread, so people across the region need to continue taking steps to prevent wildfires.
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Governor Pat McCrory, prior to the events in Party Rock, issued a State of Emergency to combat the more than 20 active wildfires in the state.
A windy weekend could reignite mountain wildfires that firefighters have made progress in controlling, state and federal officials said Wednesday.
Firefighters allow the fire to creep as close as they are comfortable to structures before extinguishing it, leaving it little to no fuel to consume should it re-ignite.
In 24 hours alone, 11 new fires were recorded, as fire crews were already doing their best to put out 67 active fires that were razing around 16,000 acres in the state of Tennessee. Kentucky State Police said about 14 others were injured in a series of wrecks on both sides of the road. Fires have caused air quality concerns throughout western and central North Carolina.
In mountainous western North Carolina, people living on five roads near one roaring blaze were advised to leave their homes, and residents of 38 more homes in another part of the state were told to evacuate ahead of a separate wildfire.
Forsyth fire spokesman Jason Shivers said his county hadn't received reports of wildfires but is under a burn ban that restricts recreational burns. The state responded to more than 175 wildfire calls from November 11 through 13, according to a Georgia Forestry Commission photo caption posted to Twitter.
Consequently, firefighters must spend more time extinguishing fires, including spraying water and foam instead of only clearing fire lines.
Officials believe numerous fires were started by arsonists: At least seven people have been arrested for arson in Tennessee this month and one has been arrested in Kentucky.
Nationally, "there's a pretty good ability to help out the South right now", said Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service. And Great Smoky Mountain National Park issued a ban on all campfires and use of fire grills throughout the park effective immediately.