November 17, 2016 - Update #3 - 10:00a.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date Started: 11/2/2016
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 756 acres (15 fires)
Percent Contained: 75%
Resources: 9 engines, 4 handcrews 1 helicopter, 1 water tender
Total Personnel: 132
Injuries to Date: 0
Structures Threatened: 5
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Date Containment: Unknown
Dobson 3 Fire Update
Cherokee, NC – The firefighters and all personnel would like to express sincere gratitude for the meal prepared last evening by the Y community. All left with full bellies and feeling of great appreciation.
Fire suppression crews continue to mop up and patrol the fires, while addressing the smokes inside the perimeters. Safety of the firefighters and the community is number one priority as the firefighters go about their daily responsibilities.
Fire prevention is extremely important in the community. Fires are started by cigarettes, sparks from vehicles in the dry grass, outdoor fires of any kind, and campfires that are not put out cold. The public can help prevent forest fires by being proactive in observation and reporting of fires.
All fires currently burning are under investigation by local law enforcement. Thirty five fires have burned within the Qualla Boundary since October. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking information regarding arson fires on Indian Lands through the WeTip Program. Up to $10,000 is being offered through this anonymous program. WeTip can be contacted through their website: www.wetip.com or by calling their hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON.
For further updates visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5097/
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