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With full containment within reach, Forest Service gives final update on N.C. fires

After many updates as fires raged for weeks, the Forest Service offers what it calls its final summary on active fires in North Carolina. (Photo credit: Ryan Moore)

After many updates as fires raged for weeks, the Forest Service offers what it calls its final summary on active fires in North Carolina.

The fires that ravaged our state are now at or near 100 percent containment, and are now in various stages of mop-up and suppression repair. Resources no longer needed have moved to other fires in the southern region, or are making their way back to their home units for much-needed rest.

BOTELER FIRE (USFS - CHUNKY GAL AREA, CLAY COUNTY)

Acreage: 9036- Containment: 100 percent - Personnel: 117 - Start Date: October 25

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5075/

MAPLE SPRINGS FIRE (USFS-LAKE SANTEELAH AREA, GRAHAM COUNTY)

Acreage: 7788 - Containment: 100 percent - Personnel: 1 - Start Date: November 4

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5090/

CAMP BRANCH FIRE (USFS - OTTO, MACON COUNTY)

Nantahala Branch

Fire crews continue to mop up and secure containment line. As trees are downed by strong winds, firefighters will clear downed trees off roads, such as Wayah Road (SR 1310), Forest Road 711 and Locust Tree Branch Road. Firefighters remain positioned to respond to any new fire starts.

Acreage: 3422 - Containment: 85 precent - Personnel: 220 - Start Date: November 23

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5110/#

ROCK MOUNTAIN FIRE (USFS - SOUTHERN NANTAHALA WILDERNESS AREA, NORTH GEORGIA AND CLAY AND MACON COUNTIES IN NC)

Crews continue repair work with resource advisers along the fire's northern perimeter. They will also continue to patrol the fireline. Operations will focus on critical areas before rain reaches the region on Sunday.

Acreage: 24,725- Containment: 91 percent - Personnel: 288 - Start Date: November 9

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5100/#

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN FIRE (SCFS / USFS - PICKENS AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES)

Fire crews resumed mop up efforts and continued improving the Table Rock State Park trail system. Line improvement and mop up operations will likely continue for weeks.

Acreage: 10,645 - Containment: 92 percent - Personnel: 96 - Start Date: November 9

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5108/

The North Carolina Joint Information Center blog remains a record of all the releases that have been posted since November 13, 2016.

The following areas are now open:

  • Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness
  • National Forest System lands south of Caulderwood lake, and west of US 129 to Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness boundary
  • National Forest System lands west of State Road 1127, east of Cherohala Skyway (NC 143), and north of Santeelah Creek Rd (NFSR 81) to Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness boundary

All road closures on the Nantahala Ranger District have been lifted except FS Road 83 (Bald Creek Road) and FS Road 67 (Standing Indian Road).

Effective 1 a.m. Monday morning 12/05/16, the closure on FS Road 83 and FS Road 67 will be lifted. The only area closure will be the blackened, fire footprint on the Rocky Mountain Fire which is south of Standing Indian Campground, west of FS Road 67 and east of FS Road 7219.

Currently all trail closures are lifted on the Nantahala Ranger District except for the Appalachian Trail from the GA/NC line north to Mooney Gap.

Nantahala National Forest Closures

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (relative to the ROCK MOUNTAIN FIRE)

Appalachian Trail (A.T.)


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