This is the final summary on active fires in North Carolina. Fires listed in this summary are at or near 100% containment, they are also at various stages of mop up and suppression repair. Excess resources have moved to other fires in the southern region or are making their way back to their home units for much-needed rest. As incident management teams move toward finalizing closeout procedures, they will be turning over the final suppression repair tasks to smaller teams or local units.
The North Carolina Joint Information Center blog remains a record of all the releases that have been posted since November 13, 2016 when the blog originated on the internet. Viewers can reference historical blog posts by the agencies' releases, burn bans, donations, arson reporting, fire prevention education and media information as well as Tennessee Fires Information. Historical and current links are available on the Joint Information Center blog athttp://ncjic.blogspot.com/ under the following tabs:
ROADS AND TRAILS UPDATE
USFS - CHEOAH RANGER DISTRICT (GRAHAM AND SWAIN COUNTIES)
The following areas are now open:
USFS - NANTAHALA RANGER DISTRICT (MACON, JACKSON AND SWAIN COUNTIES)
All road closures on the Nantahala Ranger District have been lifted except FS Road 83 (Bald Creek Road) and FS Road 67 (Standing Indian Road).
Effective 1:00 A.M. Monday morning 12/05/16, the closure on FS Road 83 and FS Road 67 will be lifted. The only area closure will be the blackened, fire footprint on the Rocky Mountain Fire which is south of Standing Indian Campground, west of FS Road 67 and east of FS Road 7219.
Currently all trail closures are lifted on the Nantahala Ranger District except for the Appalachian Trail from the GA/NC line north to Mooney Gap.
UPDATES ON ACTIVE FIRES OR FIRE COMPLEXES
Only those fires being actively managed and staffed are included in the Evening Summary.
BOTELER FIRE, MAPLE SPRINGS AND NANTAHALA BRANCH FIRES (USFS-CHUNKY GAL AREA, CLAY COUNTY)
The Southern Area Blue Team is assigned management of the Boteler Fire, Maple Springs Fire and the Nantahala Branch Fires. Under this branch, Camp Branch Fire is active. 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.
Today at 6:00 P.M., the Southern Area Blue Team will transfer management of all fires to a smaller incident management team (under Type 3 Incident Commander Kyle Smith).
Fire crews continue to mop up and secure containment line. As trees are downed by strong winds, firefighters will clear downed trees off roads, such as Wayah Road (SR 1310), Forest Road 711 and Locust Tree Branch Road. Firefighters remain positioned to respond to any new fire starts.
Acreage: 3,422 - Containment: 85% - Personnel: 220 - Start Date: November 23
ROCK MOUNTAIN FIRE (USFS - SOUTHERN NANTAHALA WILDERNESS AREA, NORTH GEORGIA AND CLAY AND MACON COUNTIES IN NC)
Crews continue repair work with resource advisers along the fire's northern perimeter. They will also continue to patrol the fireline. Operations will focus on critical areas before rain reaches the region on Sunday.
Acreage: 24,725- Containment: 91% - Personnel: 288 - Start Date: November 9
PINNACLE MOUNTAIN FIRE (SCFS / USFS - PICKENS AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES)
Fire crews resumed mop up efforts and continued improving the Table Rock State Park trail system. Line improvement and mop up operations will likely continue for weeks.
Acreage: 10,645 - Containment: 92% - Personnel: 96 - Start Date: November 9
Media Advisory: For all information about the Pinnacle Mountain Fire and the ongoing response in South Carolina, all media should contact the Pinnacle Mountain Joint Information Center at (864) 898-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER PERTINENT LINKS
Nantahala National Forest Closures
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (relative to the ROCK MOUNTAIN FIRE)
Appalachian Trail (A.T.)
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