North Carolina Forest Service
512 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27699
Update: April 17th (8:45 a.m.) The Dobson Knob Fire was first reported on Sunday, April 9, 2017. It was determined to be human-caused but is still under investigation. As of today, the fire remains at 1,760 acres and containment has increased to 96 percent. Scaled-down crews are patrolling and monitoring containment lines. The present fire footprint encompasses 1,200 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands and 560 acres of State and private lands. A fire progression map depicting each day's fire growth and acreage burned was added to the "Maps" tab. Increased chances of showers and thunderstorms are forecasted for today and this week that have the potential to increase fuel moisture extinguish the fire. Today, the Harvell Type 2 Incident Management Team transitioned the fire to Asheville District's Type 4 Team headed up by Incident Commander Wicker. The Harvell team will travel home today.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Human - Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Sunday April 09th, 2017 approx. 06:15 PM|
|Location||Approximately nine miles north of the city of Marion in McDowell County, NC|
|Incident Commander||Kevin Harvell|
|Coordinates||35.808 latitude, -82.003 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||96%|
Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.
Patrol and rehab.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire not expected to spread beyond current containment. Some continued interior burning and smoke will continue to impact the surrounding area.
Transfer of command form the NCFS Harvell Type II IMT to a local Type IV IC tomorrow (4/17/2017).
Weather for Monday: Partly cloudy with 60% chance of thunderstorms, temperature 70 degrees F, 54% relative humidity, winds west at 6 mph.