Wildfires still causing problems in western North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Wildfires are still causing problems in western North Carolina and weather forecasters are not offering much hope for help.

Officials said in a new release Sunday night that dry conditions are expected to continue with no rain forecast.

Smoke will continue to cause problems. Air quality problems are expected to continue downwind from fires in Ashe and McDowell counties, with more problems in Cleveland, Rutherford and Wilkes counties.

Officials: Two new wildfires burn in McDowell County

A total fire ban is in effect for all of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The North Carolina Forest Service has banned all open burning in 25 counties in the western quarter of the state.

The largest fire is the Tellico fire in Swain and Macon counties that has burned nearly 13,900 acres. The fire started Nov. 3.