North Carolina Wildfires: Update 2

Updated 4:15 PM PDT

Multiple Wildfires have broken out on the National Forests of North Carolina. Since, there appears to be six (6) of them now, we are going to just update you all on them altogether.

BOTELER FIRE

Pumpkins are used to provide a water source for hose lays when space or accessibility limit engine access.

Pumpkins, a necessary tool for your water supply for when the space or accessibility is limited in getting an engine into the area. (Credit: USFS)

The Boteler Fire ignited from an unknown cause on October 25th around 9 AM.  It is South of Boteler Peak. 678 acres of timber and brush.  Fire activity is currently minimal with backing and smoldering. 10% containment status. 137 personnel are assigned to this incident.

CLIFFSIDE FIRE

The Cliffside Fire began on November 2nd around 10:30 PM and deemed to be started by human(s). There is no exact location known presently but it is on the National Forests of North Carolina along with the other wildfires burning in the same vicinity.  It is said to be an 100-acre wildfire. The IC Type 4 Fire managers are still working on setting up a Fire Command structure.  There is no mention of the number of personnel assigned to this incident as of yet.

DICK’S CREEK FIRE

Dick’s Creek Fire ignited on October 23rd around 2:15 AM from an unknown human caused occurrence.  It is located in Dick’s Creek drainage. The USFS are the Fire Managers of this incident.  There are currently 425 acres scorched of hardwood litter, short grass and timber.  13 personnel are assigned and there has been a report of 0% containment status. The fire is said to have been active and making some runs.

KNOB FIRE

Boteler and Nantahala Fire

The Knob Fire broke out on November 2nd around 3:45 PM from an human-caused ignition (but authorities have not released what the exact source was).  It is located 9 miles SW of Franklin near the entrance of Standing Indian campground. The Southern Area Red team is Fire Command. 284 acres burned. 28% containment status. 25 personnel assigned.

MAY BRANCH FIRE

This fire was started on November 3rd around 5 PM located just west of Nanatahala Lake.  It is said to be at a 50% containment status with 175 acres burned. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and creeping.  Planned fire activities include monitor and patrolling. Concerns of low RH and drought are on Fire Mangers’ minds.

MOSES CREEK FIRE

0 acres noted. Limited info on this fire.

 

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