Today fires could still burn hot from early afternoon until sunset. It will be warm and dry over Western North Carolina. The winds will be 10-15 mph in the southern mountains and 15-25 mph in the northern mountains. The fire suppression aircraft that were grounded part of Monday because of high winds, should not be restricted from normal operations today.
Below is an update on the larger fires that firefighters have been suppressing in the mountain region.
|Deep Creek Fire||Swain County||250 acres||Contained (private land)|
|Wesser Creek Fire||Swain County||300 acres||Contained (private & National Forest)|
|Christian Creek Fire||Buncombe County||175 acres||Contained (private land)|
|Camby Drive Fire||Buncombe County||80 acres||Controlled (private land)|
|Sign Fire||Rutherford County||30 acres||Controlled (private land)|
|Pearson Falls Fire||Polk County||30 acres||Controlled (private land)||Wilkes County||600 acres||75%||Contained (private land)|
|Table Rock Fire||Burke County||110 acres||Controlled (National Forest)|
New Fires as of April 12, 1999
Tannassee Gap Fire Jackson County 35 acres Contained (private land)
Cobbler’s Creek Fire Yancey County 20 acres Contained (private land)
Helicopter Fire Burke County 50 acres Contained (private land)
- Contained: When a line has been constructed around the perimeter of a fire.
- Controlled: When there is no longer a reasonable chance a fire can escape the line.
Since the recent outbreak of fires began on Friday, April 10 there have been a total of 113 fires that burned 1,927 acres in Western North Carolina. Over 1,500 fire fighters including state and federal crews and local fire departments have been involved in the suppression effort. The fires threatened a total of 142 structures with an estimated value of $6.7 million. Four homes and two other structures were damaged.
The burning ban for the 32 western counties will remain in effect until further notice.
Date Posted: 04/13