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Fire Dangers

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 05:58 PM EST
Investigators say they know where the fire started that burned two houses near Black Mountain. They say it began with the house on Sky High Road. Firefighters say the house was fully involved when they arrived. The deputy fire marshal says the blaze started inside the house. High winds blew burning shingles onto the roof of the house next door. Investigators say the fire dropped into that building and gutted it.
 
Houses in the woods could go up in smoke if homeowners do not take precautions. Warm temperatures and brittle-dry cold fronts have raised the number of wildfires across the mountains.

Buncombe County Ranger Rob Townley says a late winter cold front has brought high winds and low humidity to mountain forests. Once a blaze escapes, it can spread like wildfire and threaten homes and property in its path. Homes on steep mountainsides face more of a danger, because fire runs faster uphill.  Ranger Townley says to keep homes safe, homeowners should clear leaves and branches at least 30 feet around the foundation of a home. Homes in the woods are safer if the roof is made of metal and the siding concrete board.

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