NEW WILDFIRE: May Branch Fire | Update 1

Updated 10:10 AM PDT

The May Branch Fire broke out on November 3rd around 5:00 PM EDT (2:00 PM PDT) just West of Nanatahala Lake in the National Forests of North Carolina.  It is being managed by a USFS Type 4 ICMT.

The fire is said to be have caused by human intervention but there were no exact details released as to what actually occurred.

Currently, the fire has consumed 175 acres of hardwood litter #9 but fire crews have reached a 50% containment status.  However, the fire behavior is still active, flanking, backing and creeping.

Future plans by Fire Managers are to have crews go into mop-up operations, reinforce control lines, monitor and patrol.  Weather concerns consist of low RH and drought in the area.

There are 34 personnel assigned to this incident.

No injuries, evacuations or damages have been reported.

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