Railroad Grade 2016

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Railroad Grade 2016

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INCIDENT UPDATED 4/25/2016

Approximate Location

36.217 latitude, -82.11 longitude

Incident Overview

Railroad Grade Wildfire Map 4-25-16

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The Railroad Grade 2016 wildfire began on April 18th, 2016 on the Cherokee National Forest. The fire is 3 miles northwest of Roan Mountain, Tennessee.

The Southern Area Gold Incident Management Team is providing services and support of land protected and/or administered by the Cherokee National Forest.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseResult Of Human Activity
Date of OriginMonday April 18th, 2016 approx. 01:45 AM
Location3 miles northwest of Roan Mountain, TN
Incident CommanderMitch Ketron
Incident Description3 Miles Northwest Of Roan Mountain, Tn

Current Situation

Total Personnel60
Size1,753 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter; Short Grass (1 foot); Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Significant Events

Minimal; Smoldering;

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to monitor and mop up as necessary. Crews will begin suppression rehabilitation activities.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: No potential for spread during this period.

24 hours: With the drying trend, the latent heat in the heavy fuels may cause them to become more active, thus increasing the chance of spotting. Any growth from spotting will primarily occur above 3,000 feet of elevation where the overstory is just coming out of dormancy and the fuels are exposed to full sunlight.

48 hours: With the drying trend, the latent heat in the heavy fuels may cause them to become more active, thus increasing the chance of spotting. Any growth from spotting will primarily occur above 3,000 feet of elevation where the overstory is just coming out of dormancy and the fuels are exposed to full sunlight.

72 hours: With the weather forecast calling for a greater chance of precipitation and if no spotting occurs within 48 hours, there is minimal to no potential for growth.

After 72 hours: With the weather forecast calling for a greater chance of precipitation and if no spotting occurs within 72 hours, there is minimal to no potential for growth.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today high temperature reached 73 degrees with a low relative humidity of 29 %; winds were out of the northwest at 5 miles per hour with gust of 12. Over the next week temperatures will continue to be seasonal with daily highs in the 70's to low 80's at night with lows in the 50's. The chance for rain and thunderstorms will increase starting mid-week.

Unit Information

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Cherokee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Tennessee
Cleveland, TN 37312

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