Governor to update residents on western NC wildfires

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LAKE LURE, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory will update residents on the wildfires in western North Carolina as officials report some progress in containing the blazes.

McCrory will hold a news conference Monday morning at the Lake Lure Incident Command Center in Lake Lure.

Meanwhile, authorities report more favorable weather conditions are helping with containment efforts. Temperatures Monday are forecast to be in the high 50s to low 60s with relative humidity in the upper 30-percent range.

For example, officials say containment on the 650-acre Old Roughy fire in Graham County jumped to 60 percent Sunday from 8 percent while containment on the 7,100-acre Maple Springs fire improved slightly, from 13 percent to 15 percent.

An evacuation order issued Wednesday for some residents on the east side of the Old Roughy fire was lifted Sunday afternoon.

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