Dry conditions, gusty winds keep NC fires burning

RICHMOND, Va. — Wildfires continue to rage on to our west and southwest, especially across western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia.

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This satellite image was taken on November 7.  Southeasterly winds pushed the smoke from the fires to the northwest.

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A cold front passed through the area Tuesday night into Wednesday, and now northerly winds have pushed the smoke southward.

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The location of the fires matches up with areas in a drought.  This part of the country has seen little rain since September 1.

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High pressure will keep a lot of the lower 48 United States fairly dry through the weekend.  Rain chances in the fire areas will be low.

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