By Mark Washburn
The Charlotte Observer
No one can remember a wildfire as peculiar as the monster gnawing through the gorge above the village of Chimney Rock.
It burrows beneath swaths cut to contain it. It conjures unforeseen winds from the steep terrain. It dashes erratically this way and that, like a running back punching for open field.
And never mind the frustration of fire managers – it has even spooked the hardy, reclusive mountain coyotes.