Sciota Road Fire | April 2 | Update 2

FIRE SUMMARY

The Sciota Road Fire is located 5 miles SE of Unicoi, Tennessee on the Cherokee National Forest and East of Unicoi in the Little Mountain area on the Unaka Ranger District.

The fire is burning light logging slash, hardwood litter and timber that began on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, around 1600 hours.  The cause is currently unknown and is under investigation.

Firefighters have reached a 75% containment increased from the earlier reported 60% containment status.

RESOURCES

About 75 nearby National Forest personnel are still assigned to this incident, down from 92 originally assigned earlier today.

There are 2 – 20 person hand crews, 3 engines, 1 helicopter and 1 dozer attached as resources.

FIRE TACTICS

Firefighters worked on improving containment lines and will continue to patrol the areas.

Additionally, they are prepping the area for a nearby burnout operation on the Western flank, that is expected to take place on Sunday.  Operations are estimated to start later in the afternoon, which will then tie in with the Sciota Road Fire.  This is to reduce the chance for fire to spread into other areas.  150 acres are expected to be burned.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

No structures have been damaged or destroyed.  0 Injuries and accidents have been reported.

The Cost-to-Date for fire suppression efforts has risen from $110,000 to $245,000.

Originally, 191 acres were reported as burned but due to more accurate mapping, the true number of land scorched is 168 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

Cooler temps and recent rain have fallen upon the fire ground.

ALERTS

Fire Managers ask drivers to be aware of your surrounding as heavy equipment and fire traffic will be still be active in the area.  Please remember to #MoveOver for lights and sirens, when safe to do so.

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Sciota Road Fire | April 2 | Update 1

FIRE SUMMARY

The Sciota Road Fire is located 5 miles SE of Unicoi, Tennessee on the Cherokee National Forest and East of Unicoi in the Little Mountain area on the Unaka Ranger District.

The fire is burning light logging slash, hardwood litter and timber that began on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, around 1600 hours.

The cause is currently unknown and is under investigation.

Firefighters have reached a 60% containment status.

RESOURCES

Assigned to this incident are 92 Firefighters from nearby National Forests and from the Tennessee Department of Forestry.

There are 2 – 20 person hand crews, 3 engines, 1 helicopter and 1 doze attached as resources.

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers will continue have personnel continue with Friday’s fire activities of removing dead trees and extinguishing hot spots along the containment lines.

Additionally, they will continue to patrol lines and prepare for burnout operations that will take place in the next few days.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

No structures have been damaged/destroyed nor are there any being threatened at this time.

Cost-to-Date for fire suppression costs are $110,000.

191 acres have been scorched.

WEATHER FORECAST

High winds are expected.

ALERTS

Fire Managers would like to let the Motoring Public know that heavy equipment and fire traffic will be moving about on Sciota Creek Road and ask to be aware and alert, yielding to traffic.

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Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 23 2016 | Update 3

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and under sto

Resources

There are still 84 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

This is the last update as the fire has reached a 75% containment status.  The total acres is 706 acres.

At the end of this post, there still was no known cause to this fire.  We assume investigations are still searching.

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

Weather Forecast

The weather is being forecasted to be in the 40’s.

 

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Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 21 2016 | Update 2

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and under story.

Resources

There are currently 84 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

Due to wintry mixture sprinkling over the fire ground along with precipitation, cooler temps and higher RHs have stopped the forward spread of the fire.

An additional 60 acres have been burned, bringing up the total to 870.  The cause is still unknown and under investigation,

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

Future fire activities will include in the next 12 hours of patrol and mop up of the current containment lines  In the next 24 hours, Fire Managers plan to have crews direct attack using hot spot and cold training tactics.

Firefighters have successfully gained a 50% containment status.

Weather Forecast

The weather is being forecasted to be in the upper 30’s, cloudy and light winds out of the Northeast.

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Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 20 2016 | Update 1

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and understory.

Resources

There are currently 80 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

Firefighters are currently working to establish / improve containment lines using existing trails and natural features.   There is minimal fire growth, as a wintry mix fell upon the fire ground.

810 acres have been scorched.  There is no info on the cause or suspected cause of the fire.  It is under investigation.

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

No injuries or structures being threatened have been reported at the time this post was written.

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