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Wildfire burning on rural mountainside has consumed an estimated 50 acres
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Wildfire burning on rural mountainside has consumed an estimated 50 acres

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CONNELLY SPRINGS — A wildfire on Hildebran Mountain in Burke County has been contained, officials said. The blaze could have been sparked by a lightning strike earlier this week.

George Hildebran Fire & Rescue and the N.C. Forest Service were dispatched to a fire on Hildebran Mountain around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, said George Hildebran Fire Chief Bobby Craig.

Firefighters and N.C. Forest Service crews spent the early morning hours investigating ways to access the fire, he said.

Helicopter drops and firefighters on the ground battled the flames throughout the day Tuesday.

By Tuesday night, N.C. Forest Ranger Chris Moss said, crews had made a fire line around the fire and had it contained. It looked to be covering around 50 acres of forest, but was not threatening any structures.

It remains under investigation, Moss said, but initial investigation suggested that a lightning strike earlier this week may have sparked it.

No injuries have been reported, Moss said. The fire is being monitored by crews to make sure it stays contained.

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