The fire near Lake Lure, NC continues to burn and has resulted in evacuation orders being issued for some areas near the Lake. The mandatory evacuations are on the north side of the lake, in the Bat Cave, Rumbling Bald Resort and Chimney Rock sections. Voluntary Evacuations are also in place for the Shumont area. Thanks to Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) for this image.
Friday night, Jason Alexander snapped this photo of the fire as it burned.
Saturday afternoon, the fires in NC and all along the Appalachian Mountains were visible on the MODIS imagery from NASA. You can see the thick smoke blanketing much of Alabama and Georgia as well, resulting in reduced air quality and reduced visibility.
One of our polar orbiting satellites, VIIRS detected the fires near the lake as well. Using its land surface temperature instrument, it noted the discrepancy in the heat and it's algorithm placed fires along the lake. It seems to correlate pretty well with the actual fire map put out at this time.