Maple Springs Fire

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Maple Springs Fire


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Approximate Location

35.398 latitude, -83.908 longitude

Incident Overview

2016-11-27 Maple Springs PIO Map

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The Maple Springs Fire started on November 4, 2016. The Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team is managing the fire along with numerous other fires, such as Camp Branch, Boteler, and Tellico, on the Nantahala, Cheoah, and Tusquitee Ranger Districts of the Nantahala National Forest.

Significant rain in the vicinity of the Maple Springs Fire has reduced fire activity. Rain foretasted for this weekend will further reduce the potential for fire perimeter growth.

Air Quality

For information on air quality go to the North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center.


An area closure order (No. 08-11-02-17-01, November 12, 2016) in effect for the Cheoah Ranger District on the Nantahala National Forest. Lands, roads, and trails around the Maple Springs Fire, including the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area, are closed until further notice.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday November 04th, 2016 approx. 08:10 PM
LocationNorth of Santeetlah Lake
Incident CommanderIC Mike Quesinberry, Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size7,788 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday December 05th, 2016 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Harwood Litter, Timber (litter and understory), brush (2 foot)

Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel fuels scattered within the interior. Rainfall has increased fuel moisture's and another weather front is predicted to bring more rain on Saturday evening.

Significant Events



Isolated smoldering fire well inside the interior exist.


Planned Actions

Monitor the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness area for Hot spots as need based on current and future fire weather forecasts.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: No expected fire growth within the perimeter during the time period.

24 hours: No growth in fire perimeter.

48 hours: Fire weakened timber presents a threat to firefighter and public safety.

72 hours: Fire weakened timber presents a threat to firefighter and public safety.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Fire weakened timber presents a threat to firefighter and public safety. No threat from interior hot spots due to natural barriers at this time. The Joyce Kilmer Wilderness area will need to be monitored for Hot spots on an as need bases, based on current and future fire weather forecasts.


Transfer of command from Southern Area Type 1 Incident management Blue Team to Type Three IC Chris Orr on

12/03/2016 at 1800. This will be the Last 209 report unless significant activity occurs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cool and dry conditions are forecast once again for Saturday with temperatures

in the 40s and 50s and minimum relative humidity of 30 to 40%. The 20-ft wind

will remain at or below 15 mph. Atmospheric moisture late in the day will be on

the increase in advance of the next weather system. This will provide for near daily chances of rain showers Sunday and early next week. Wetting rains are likely Monday and Tuesday.

Unit Information

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National Forests in North Carolina
U.S. Forest Service
North Carolina
160A Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Incident Contact

Maple Springs Fire Information
Phone: 828-349-5827
Hours: 8 AM to 8 PM

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