Wildfires fueled by drought and winds will continue to spread smoke across portions of northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, and western portions of the Carolinas. One of the fires that continues to burn is the Chestnut Knob fire in North Carolina.
The fire began back on November 6th, and has since burned 5,689 acres. 234 personnel are working around the clock to contain the blaze, which is currently at 35% containment. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory spoke Thursday afternoon saying the wildfires have caused over $12 million in damage and the cost continues to rise.
The fires across the southeast are creating for poor air quality. Children and residents with respiratory diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma will want to remain indoors as much as possible until conditions improve.
The exceptional drought across the southeast has played a major roll in these fire, however, it is believed that these fires are man made. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said there is a reward up to $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of any individuals who contributed to the fires.