Forest fires plague region
by Anna Oakes
At 8:10 a.m., Watauga County Communications reported that fire crews are battling "a pretty good fire" between Paisley Ridge Road and Rock House Road in the southeast corner of Watauga County. Stewart Simmons Fire, Blowing Rock Fire, Boone Fire and Yadkin Valley Fire are on scene now with the Forest Service.
Later in the day, the communications department issued the following statement: "Please DO NOT BURN today. We are having fires pop up everywhere. While no designated burning ban is on, you must exercise care if you must burn. Have a fire watch and the proper tools to tend your fire."