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The Perry Fire grew to 47,690 acres overnight Tuesday and firefighters remain concerned about the fire's southwest edge, a front close to structures where fire activity has been particularly high, according to Perry Fire Information Officer Sarah Wheeler.
The fire was 31 percent contained Wednesday morning.
Flames made a run up the side of Virginia Mountain late Tuesday afternoon but firefighters and air tankers were able to protect infrastructure on the mountain's peak.
Structures have been lost to the flames, but the extent of the damage is still unclear at this time, Wheeler said.
Firefighters Wednesday are keeping their eyes on gusty winds and hot temperatures forecast in coming days. The winds will blow at least some of the heavy smoke in the area out, but it will also create conditions prime for extreme fire behavior.