North Carolina Wildfires | Update 5

Updated  7 PM PST

Fire Summary

Here is the newest update on the North Carolina wildfires all across their State.

Boteler Fire:  Started 10/25/2016.   Shooting Creek community, 6 miles east of Hayesville (Clay County), NC.  8967 acres with a 51% containment status.  Fire behavior is moderate, creeping and backing.  366 Personnel. Managed by SA Red Team.  Air tankers and helicopters dropped water and retardant to create a barrier.  TFR in effect.

Chestnut Knob Fire:  NC Forestry Service. 4600 acres.205 personnel.  30%contained.

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Firefighter on the Chestnut Knob Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Cliffside Fire:  Start 11/2/2016.  Human caused.  3 miles NW of Highlands, NC.  101 acres. 98% containment status. 21 crews, 64 engines, 6 helicopters, 1 fixed wing, 4 water tenders, 891 personnel.  Managed by SA Red Card team.

Dicks Creek Fire:  Start  10/23/2016. Dicks Creek Drainage, 2 miles NW of Sylva, (Jackson County) NC. Human caused. 2nd time reburn. 20 acres on interior.  Original fire 728 acres. 95% containment status. 7 personnel.  minimally active, creeping and smoldering and reburning as more leaves fall within the perimeter.

Dobson Fire 3:  Eastern Cherokee Agency. Unknown start. 756 acres.132 personnel.  0 injuries reported. 9 engines, 4handcrews, 1 choppter and 1 water tender. High winds and warm temps during day time are of concerns.

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Dobson 3 Fire near the Cherokee Complex (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Jarrett Knob Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.  The Fire has not grown but  leaf fall continues and is causing fire danger.  No acreage/containment info known.

Knob Fire:  Start 11/2/2016.  8 miles west of Franklin, (Macon County) NC, on Rocky Knob. Human caused.  98% containment status. 1,130 acres.  1 personnel.  Fire behavior is minimal and smoldering with light smoke.

Maple Springs/Roughy Fire:  Start 11/4/2016. North of Santeetlah Lake.    North of Santeetlah Lake. Unknown cause. 7,705 acres. 42% containment status.  346 personnel assigned.  Fire behavior is active portion with flanking, backing with isolate up hill runs with short-range spotting.

May Branch:  Start 11/3/2016.  West of Nanatahala Lake. Human caused. 175 acres. 98% contained. 0 personnel assigned.  In monitor and patrol status.

Moss Knob Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.  7 acres. Containment status unknown.  The Fire has not grown but  leaf fall continues and is causing fire danger.

Mulberry Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.  Acreage and containment status unknown.  The Fire has not grown but  leaf fall continues and is causing fire danger. – No update.

Muskrat Valley Fire:  Start 11/11/2016.  Near Hwy 64 and SW of Franklin, NC.  Unknown cause. 49 personnel One 20-person crew and 2 engines. 103 acres. 95% contained.

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Crews with a local resident on the Muskrat Valley Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Old Roughy Fire:  657 acres.90% contained. Human caused. Minimal and smoldering.

Party Rock Fire:  The fire has crossed over containment lines.  800 acres. 15% containment status.  Chimney Rock and Lake Lure communities are being evacuated.  Shelters for residents are:  Bat Cave Baptist Church on Chimney Rock Rd in Henderson;   Bills Creek Baptist Church in Lake Lure;  Greenhill Baptist Church in Rutherfordton, NC.

Fire backs down the hill near Chimney Rock Village.

Party Rock Fire. (Credit: A Lyons via Inciweb)

Tellico Fire: Started 10/23/2016. 3 miles south of Almond, NC,  Human caused. 13,679 acres. 74% containment status.  464 personnel. Fire behavior is moderate, backing and creeping.

Whitewater Fire:  Jackson County.  Start date unknown. 23 acres. 0% contained. Crews to secure/strengthen containment lines.  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.  ** No update.

Wine Spring Fire:  Fire being monitored, patrolled and in mop-up operations.  95 acres. Containment status unknown.  The Fire has not grown but  leaf fall continues and is causing fire danger.  ** No update.

 Note:  All fires are in the National South Carolina National Forests unless otherwise noted.  All fire listed here are for all wildfires in South Carolina.

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