The Coxes Creek fire, which burned a reported 200 acres, is now fully contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, overnight rain aided firefighters on the Coxes Creek no. 7 fire off N.C. 226A, which is now 100 percent contained. The fire increased to approximately 200 acres yesterday before the rain.
The Coxes Creek # 7 Fire was reported at approximately 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. The fire is currently burning on U.S. Forest Service land and private property in the Turkey Cove community off N.C. 226A north of Marion. Firefighters conducted burnout operations yesterday and provided structure protection on six homes. No homes were damaged or lost.
The fire area received nearly ½ inch of rain overnight and this morning, extinguishing most of the flames.
Interior hot spots remained Wednesday, but should be fully extinguished with the additional predicted rainfall. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire over the next several days. Smoke may remain in the area into Thursday.
The following agencies responded to the fire within the last two days: Marion, PG., Hankins, Ashford-North Cove, and Dysartsville fire departments, Parkway Fire & Rescue, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, Emergency Management, N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. If you see suspicious activity in the area, please report it to the McDowell County Sherriff's Office detective line at 828-652-2237. Conviction for arson on national forests carries a mandatory penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.