Fire along I-26 In Columbus forces evacuations

Published 5:18 pm Friday, November 18, 2016

Traffic is down to one lane on I-26 coming up to Columbus as firefighters are battling a fire along the interstate. According to Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill, the fire originated in four different spots along the highway in the forest and Morgan Chapel Village is evacuating this afternoon. According to Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis, Tryon Estates does not need to evacuate and he said the fire has burned 10 to 12 acres as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon since beginning at approximately 1:45 p.m. Crews from Polk County and Spartanburg County all the way up to Asheville have responded to the scene. UPDATE 4 p.m. Helicopter making flyovers to observe and drop water. Fire is almost out. Morgan Chapel residents not able to go back yet. UPDATE 5 PM: Fire units are starting to leave the scene according to Tryon Fire Chief. Efforts are wrapping up. UPDATE 5:50 PM: NC Forest Service says 29 acres burned. UPDATE 6 PM: According to the North Carolina Forest Service, the fire burned 29 acres at 100 percent containment. (Photos by Michael O’Hearn)

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