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Moses Creek Fire Information Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Fire Restrictions Dicks Creek Fire Friday Afternoon Update

Friday, October 28, 2016 14:59
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The USFS and NCFS, along with Cullowhee Fire Department have been busy fighting a new fire on Moses Creek that has grown to about 20 acres. This is off Caney Fork. A live play by play of that incident is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/photos/a.328202310559246.71575.322040194508791/1176755285703940/?type=3

ASHEVILLE, NC - October 28, 2016 - The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will implement fire restrictions due to the extremely dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of rain in the immediate forecast.
Effective October 28, 2016, the following fire restrictions are in place for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests until further notice:
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is NOT ALLOWED outside of developed campgrounds where a fee is paid.
The use of portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed. Charcoal fires are not allowed.
Permissible fires must be confined to metal fire rings and grills that are provided in the National Forest in the following campgrounds only:
Nantahala Ranger District
Standing Indian 
Van Hook Glade
Apple Tree
Hurricane Creek
Kimsey Creek

Cheoah Ranger DistrictTsali Campground
Cable Cove
Horse Cove
Cheoah Point
Rattler Ford
Tusquitee Ranger District
Jackrabbit
Hanging Dog
Bristol Fields Horse Camp
Pisgah Ranger District
Davidson River
Lake Powhatan

Sunburst
North Mills River
Kuykendall Group Camp
Cove Creek Group Camp
South White Pines Group
     Camp

Appalachian Ranger District
Carolina Hemlock
Harmon Den Horse Camp
Black Mountain
Rocky Bluff
Briar Bottom
Grandfather Ranger District
Curtis Creek
Mortimer
Never leave a fire unattended. Campfires should always be put out and cold to the touch before left for any period of time.
This restriction only pertains to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Visitors are asked to be very careful with fire and to obey all state and federal fire related laws and regulations.
Dicks Creek Fire
NEWS RELEASE

  
Started: October 23, 2016 Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 80% Location: Southeast of Dicks Creek Road,                   Sylva, NC
Fuel Type: Hardwood, Leaf Litter Terrain: Steep and Rugged

                   

Current Size: 374 Acres 
Summary: Dicks Creek Fire incident leadership was transferred to Kelly Cagle this morning.  Cagle has been in charge of fire operations.  He says firefighters will continue to patrol along the fire line perimeter addressing hot spots and hazard trees.  Rehab efforts are also underway with crews constructing earthen features designed to disperse precipitation and reduce erosion potential along dozer lines.
The fire is 80% contained.  However, firefighters remain vigilant as warm, dry conditions linger in the region and dry leaves fall in the burned area.  A brief rain shower yesterday afternoon had little effect on the fire area.
Local events are expected to draw high visitation over the weekend.  The public is asked to be aware of high fire danger while enjoying area activities. EffectiveOctober 28, 2016, the following fire restrictions are in place for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests until further notice: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire is NOT ALLOWED outside of developed campgrounds where a fee is paid.
Fire Behavior: Minimal fire, smoldering, large trees well within the fire area may continue to smoke for weeks
Evacuations: None

Resources: 

Type 2 Crews: 1 Engines:  2 Helicopter:  1 Dozers:  1 

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