November 17, 2016 - The Nantahala National Forest has issued additional area, road, and trail closures associated with wildfires. These closures cover the Chunky Gal area on the Tusquittee Ranger District and the Southern Nantahala Wilderness area on the Nantahala Ranger District.
"The area closures we have put in place are critical to firefighting efforts to ensure the safety of both the public and our firefighters," James Melonas, Deputy Forest Supervisor for National Forests in North Carolina explains. "We will be working with our fire managers to assess the situation on a daily basis to reopen these areas as soon as possible."
New closures on the Tusquittee Ranger District are associated with management of the Boteler Fire, which is currently at 8,967 acres and 57% contained. Closures on the Nantahala Ranger District are associated with the Rock Mountain Fire, which moved into NC today and is currently 7,999 acres and 20% contained.
These closures are in addition to the closures issued on November 12, 2016 for the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness area on the Cheoah Ranger District.
For a full list of National Forest closures visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/nfsnc/home/?cid=stelprdb5379710&width=full
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