HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Firefighters were battling a large fire burning in a east Huntersville Wednesday night. 

Huntersville Fire Department said it occurred in the woods near the 14900 block of Black Farms Road. Crews were well off the road on a private property. 

The fire occurs the same day that a burn ban for western North Carolina was expanded to Mecklenburg County. The area is under a Stage 1 drought. 

Smoke rises from the fire off Blacks Farm Road in Huntersville. (Huntersville Fire Dept.)

Huntersville fire is asking people to be extremely cautious with discarding cigarettes. There also was a brush fire along Interstate 77 in town on Tuesday.