Joint Information Center Western NC Wildfires - Final Morning Summary - Monday November 28
MORNING SUMMARY ON FIRES AND FIRE COMPLEXES
NOTE: The Morning Summary is an overview of fires. Only those fires being actively managed and staffed are included. An Evening Summary will be available after 5:00 P.M. with significantly more information related to specific fires or fire complexes.
This is the final morning summary to be sent. Individual morning updates on each fire will be posted as they are available onto the JIC blog at ncjic.blogspot.com
HORTON FIRE (NCFS - BLOWING ROCK, WATAUGA COUNTY)
Fire operations and objectives remain unchanged. The Incident Command Post will relocate Tuesday to the Blowing Rock Fire Department.
Acreage: 1,450 - Containment: 65% - Personnel: 115 - Start Date: November 21
CLEAR CREEK FIRE (NCFS / USFS - MARION, MCDOWELL COUNTY).
Firefighters are working on the southwest and western areas of the fire to improve or finish constructing indirect fireline utilizing dozers and handcrews as well as begin erosion prevention efforts. Along the northwestern portion of the fire, including near Locust Cove, crews will patrol and mop up as needed. A handcrew is hiking up the Mackey trail and continuing to build a direct fireline at the head of the fire putting in fireline from the trail east towards the Clear Creek headwaters. Aviation resources will assist firefighters as visibility allows in holding the firelines and slowing fire spread with bucket drops.
Acreage: 3,163 - Containment: 83% - Personnel: 495 - Start Date: November 20
BOTELER FIRE (USFS-CHUNKY GAL AREA, CLAY COUNTY)
Firefighters will maintain and patrol control lines; improve, secure and mop up any hot spots near firelines; and coordinate structure protection within divisions. Crews will also respond to initial attack fires and continue suppression repair where needed.
For current road closures in Macon County CLICK HERE
Acreage: 9,036- Containment: 85% - Personnel: 185 - Start Date: October 25
MAPLE SPRINGS FIRE (USFS-LAKE SANTEELAH AREA, GRAHAM COUNTY)
The Southern Area Blue Team on the Boteler Fire is assigned management of this fire.
Firefighters will continue to monitor any hot spots and continue suppression repair.
Acreage: 7,788 - Containment: 78% - Personnel: 105 - Start Date: November 4
NANTAHALA BRANCH FIRES (USFS-CHUNKY GAL AREA, CLAY COUNTY)
The Southern Area Blue Team is assigned management of the Nantahala Branch Fires. Under this branch, the fires being patrolled/monitored are: Tellico Fire, Old Roughy Fire, Buck Creek Fire, Falls Fire, Grape Cove Fire, Moses Creek Fire, Jones Gap Fire, Jarrett Knob Fire, Wine Spring Fire, Mulberry Fire, Moss Knob Fire, May Branch Fire, Boardtree Fire, Charley Creek Fire, Nick Fire, Ridge Gap Fire, Ferebee Fire, Cliffside Fire, Whitewater Fire, Howard Gap Fire, Knob Fire, Muskrat Fire, Bullpen Fire, Jones Creek Fire, Cathey Gap Fire, Dick's Creek Fire.
CAMP BRANCH FIRE (USFS - OTTO, MACON COUNTY)The Southern Area Blue Team on the Boteler Fire is assigned management of this fire.
Fire crews will continue to construct primary containment lines and improve as needed to ensure that no lines are compromised. They will implement contingency lines to provide structure and infrastructure protection along the Wayah Road.
Acreage: 2,146 - Containment: 35% - Personnel: 262 - Start Date: November 23
PARTY ROCK FIRE (NCFS-LAKE LURE AREA, RUTHERFORD, BUNCOMBE, AND HENDERSON COUNTIES)
Fire crews are extinguishing remaining hot spots and removing excess firefighting equipment from the firelines.
Acreage: 7,145 - Containment: 90% - Personnel: 192 - Start Date: November 5
ROCK MOUNTAIN FIRE (USFS - SOUTHERN NANTAHALA WILDERNESS AREA, NORTH GEORGIA AND CLAY AND MACON COUNTIES IN NC)
Fire personnel will strengthen the depth of containment lines with burnout operations as weather permits. Six handcrews and six engines will be fully engaged in mop up and patrol. Crews continue fire suppression repair objectives.
All evacuations are still in place; to see the latest road closures, pre-evacuation and evacuation updates, CLICK HERE.
Acreage: 24,725- Containment: 45% - Personnel: 651 - Start Date: November 9
CHESTNUT KNOB FIRE (NCFS-SOUTH MOUNTAINS STATE PARK, BURKE COUNTY)
Firefighters are working on hot spots. The estimated acreage on the interior reburn has increased to 60 acres; smoke may be visible. Crews will continue mop up and holding the lines in all divisions as well as structure protection.
Acreage: 6,435 - Containment: 80% - Personnel: 138 - Start Date: November 6
PINNACLE MOUNTAIN FIRE (SCFS / USFS - PICKENS AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES)
Firefighters are securing the northeast side of the fire by strengthening firebreaks and conducting a burnout operation just north of the Table Rock Reservoir toward Buzzard Mountain Road. If successful, this action will stop the spread of the fire to the east. Crews will also patrol firelines and cool hot spots throughout the fire perimeter.
Acreage: 10,097 - Containment: 50% - Personnel: 281 - Start Date: November 9
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