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Wildfire Burning in Burke County (Updated, 8:28 p.m., 7/5/24)

A wildfire has now charred approximately 60 acres of woodland in the Burkemont Mountain area of Burke County. The fire began at about 5 a.m. today (July 5). At last report this morning, the fire was 0% contained. Responding agencies include Salem Fire Rescue and the West End Fire Department. The North Carolina Forestry Service is the lead agency. Access to the area is limited to residents only. Emergency crews are using Burkemont Road and Jenkins Road for water shuttle services. No further details are currently available.