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Wildfire Near Grandfather Mountain Continues to Burn, 350-acre Fire Now 20% Contained



ROSEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A wildfire in the North Carolina mountains remains at approximately 350 acres and firefighters have made some progress in containing it, according to the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina.

An update provided by the USFS on Monday morning said that the fire is now 20 percent contained.

The Lost Cove wildfire was discovered around 9:40 a.m. on Christmas Eve when it was about 2 acres, according to the USFS.

By Christmas Day, the fire had grown to more than 80 acres. Late Sunday morning the fire had exceeded 350 acres and was just 10 percent contained.

Photo by Linville Fire Dept. Photo by Linville Fire Dept.Photo courtesy Wendie SvobodaU.S. Forest Service fire Photo by Andy Yoder.The fire can be seen over a ridge near this home. Photo by Andy Yoder. Photo by Andy Yoder.Photo from Wendie Orr-Svoboda

The fire is at Grandmother Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest and is about a mile from the base of Grandfather Mountain.

The wildfire is near Bee Mountain in a remote part of the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area, 10 miles southeast of Linville, officials said. The fire remains at approximately 350 acres as of Monday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, efforts to extinguish the flames “were helped yesterday by a brief period of light rainfall as well as higher humidity. These moderating conditions allowed firefighters to complete fireline construction to protect private property near the Roseboro community. Minimal fire growth occurred Sunday. The fire is expected to continue to burn at low intensities to the south and east along Timber Ridge in the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area until significant rain is received.”

Several trails have been closed in the area:

Timber Ridge Trail (TR #261)Lost Cove Loop Trail (TR #262)Huntfish Falls Trail (TR #263)Darkside Cliffs Trail (TR #272)The Mountains to Sea Trail along Gragg Prong between Roseboro and Pineola Roads.

Grandfather Mountain officials announced Sunday that the mountain attraction was open and the fire “is not impacting park operations.”

Officials said 20 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service are battling the Avery County fire.

Authorities did not know the cause of the fire yet, but said it “is suspected to be human-caused.”

The public is being asked to avoid recreating in the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area until the fire is fully contained.

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In Greece, Unvaccinated People Ages 60 and up Now Face Monthly Fines



The nation imposed the new mandate on Monday as it looks to bring its vaccination rate closer in line with the EU average. The unvaccinated will face penalties starting at 50 euros, or roughly $57.

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Drones Over Nuclear Power Plants Attract Attention From Spy Agency



Sweden’s domestic intelligence service is looking into drones spotted hovering near three nuclear power plants last week

The Swedish Security Service confirmed on Monday it was leading an investigation into drones seen near the nation’s three nuclear power plants, amid concerns the country isn’t prepared for the threat of the aerial devices.

Sweden’s police force was initially tasked with p


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Chance of Another Round of Winter Weather in Central NC by the End of the Week



RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Yes, central North Carolina has a chance for snow by the end of the week. But before we jump to conclusions, let’s take a moment to talk about where a low-pressure system needs to be for us to get snow.

Imagine you take an area of low pressure and slice it up into four parts. The two parts on the eastern side are warmer. It’s here where we are more likely to get rain or a mix of rain and snow.

Power outages still in the thousands in central NC amid winter storm

The two parts on the western side are the cold side. It’s here where we have the best chance for snow, especially if we fall in the top left part of the low (meteorologists call it the northwest quadrant).

I bring this up because a slight shift either to the west or east has a big impact on not only what kind of wintry weather we’ll have, but also how much.

So, about this weekend. Yes, the chance for snow is once again returning to the forecast, but because the location of the low pressure is still largely unknown, it’s tricky to nail down exactly how much snow we could see, or if we get another round of mixed precipitation like this past weekend.

Another wrinkle in this next potential round for winter weather is the cold front. A strong cold front will slide through Thursday, bringing downright frigid air for central North Carolina. While this can sometimes create snow for us, it’s not always the best setup for significant, winter wonderland snow.

But in addition to the cold front, an area of low pressure is expected to develop along that cold front and slide north. Models are not in agreement with timing or amounts because of these small-scale factors.

This is why winter weather in central North Carolina is often tricky and seems like it changes every day. It’s variable and very dependent on small-scale changes.

So, we may be talking about another chance for snow by the end of the week. If it’s only tied to cold air behind the front, the totals will be low. If low pressure develops and slides off our coast, we could have decent snow totals or even another round of a wintry mix.

It’s too early to say exactly, so we’ll keep tracking it for you here on CBS 17.

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