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Dobson Knob Fire

Unit Information

North Carolina Forest Service
1616 Mail Service Center Raleigh NC 27699-1616 North Carolina
Raleigh, NC 27699

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman - Under Investigation
Date of OriginSunday April 09th, 2017 approx. 06:15 PM
LocationApproximately nine miles north of the city of Marion in McDowell County, NC
Incident CommanderKevin Harvell
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates35.808 latitude, -82.003 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel136
Size1,760 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.


Planned Actions

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).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather for Monday: Partly cloudy with 60% chance of thunderstorms, temperature 70 degrees F, 54% relative humidity, winds west at 6 mph.