Wilkes County firefighters responded to one structure fire Thursday and another on Friday.
Meanwhile, all of Wilkes except the far southern and western ends of the county were listed as “abnormally dry” on the N.C. Drought Monitor map Friday morning. Most of Surry and Yadkin counties and the western halves of Watauga and Ashe counties also were listed as abnormally dry, which is the least severe drought level.
There is an 80% chance of thunderstorms Friday night and a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms Saturday in Wilkes, but otherwise no more than a 20% chance of rain through Sept. 23 in the county.
The Wilkes-Iredell Fire Department was dispatched to a woods fire late Friday morning.
The Boomer, Moravian Falls and Goshen fire departments were dispatched to an outbuilding fire on the eastern end of High Rock Road in the Boomer Fire District about 9 a.m. Friday.
Boomer Fire Chief Allen Nichols said the 20-foot-by-12-foot wood-frame building belonging to Buddy Williams was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Nichols said the fire could have started from a drop electrical cord in the outbuilding. He said three other outbuildings and an A-frame house were nearby, but only some shingles on one of the other outbuildings were damaged.
House fire in Traphill
About 4 p.m. Thursday, the Traphill, McGrady and Austin fire departments were dispatched to a house fire on the eastern end of Longbottom Road in the Traphill Fire District.
The small wood frame structure was burning from one end to the other when firefighters arrived, said Niki Hamby, fire investigator with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office.
Hamby said it was unoccupied and had electricity to a nearby power pole but not to the house. The utility pole also was destroyed by fire.
He said the cause of the fire was listed as undetermined because he couldn’t rule out that it started from an electrical short on the power pole or that it was intentionally set.
Mark Bowers of Traphill owns the house, lived there as a child and said it was built by his grandfather. There was no insurance on the house, which was about a quarter mile west of the intersection of Traphill and Absher roads.
Michael Crouse, assistant county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service, said fire spread to the woods and burned about one-quarter of an acre.