National Forests in North Carolina
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FRANKLIN, NC, October 25, 2016 - The Dicks Creek Fire burning on the Nantahala National Forest and private land near Sylva, NC, is now 60 percent contained at 374 acres.
The fire is located to the southeast of Dicks Creek Road. All hand and dozer lines have been constructed. Firefighters are engaged in holding and burnout operations. Local fire departments are on scene to provide protection to homes and other structures along Dicks Creek.
Dicks Creek Road is open only to local residents. Others are asked to stay away from the area for firefighter and public safety.
Smoke is visible on US 74 near Sylva. Smoke is expected to settle in to the valley as temperatures drop in the evenings.
The fire was discovered on Sunday morning; the cause is under investigation but is believed to be human caused.
Approximately 72 firefighters are on scene from the U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management Lakeview, Oregon, with additional personnel from Jackson County Emergency Management and Sheriff.
There is also a 1-acre fire burning on the Nantahala National Forest in the Chunky Gal area north of the Shooting Creek community. The Boteler Fire is staffed with local resources and a helicopter.
The public is encouraged to use extreme caution with outdoor fires this fall. Western North Carolina is currently in a severe drought and fire danger is extremely high. Dry and windy conditions are predicted to remain in the region through early December.
Take time now to prepare your home against wildfires. Tips on protecting your property can be found at www.firewise.org.