WILMINGTON (AP) -- Wildfires are keeping firefighters busy at both ends of the state.
Teresa Odom of the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources says firefighters have contained a Pender County blaze and are monitoring hot spots that could flare up because of the dry weather conditions.
Odom says a CL-215 scooper airplane that can skim lakes, open water or reservoirs to fill its 12-hundred-75-gallon tanks dumped water on the fire, as did a federal air tanker. The fire affected approximately 1,100 acres.
A 40-acre wildfire burned in the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The blaze started Monday and forced officials to close park facilities near Waterville, in the far western corner of the state.
Firefighters also battled a large woods fire in Cherokee County that destroyed one home and closed part of Highway 64 in Murphy.
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