A brush fire grew out of control shortly after noon on Thursday, at the end of Little Creek Road in Fleetwood.
An eyewitness said the property owner started burning brush on a wooded slope adjacent to his home early Thursday morning, but left the fire unattended when he traveled to go work on his cabin in Pond Mountain.
First responders were Fleetwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS).
Members from Todd Volunteer Fire and Rescue were eventually dispatched and arrived on the scene at approximately 12:43 p.m.
The fire appeared to be largely contained by 1:15 p.m.
The NCFS Daily District Readiness Plan reported “Moderate Fire Activity” in District 2 for Thursday. District 2 includes Ashe, Alexander, Alleghany, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties.
According to the NCFS, preliminary reports show 15 wildfires burned close to 12 acres of private and state-owned land in North Carolina yesterday, May 7.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.