11-30-2016 Update: Boteler, Maple Springs, and Nantahala Branch Fires
Incident: Boteler Fire Wildfire
11 crews, 6 engines, 6 helicopters, 5 excavators, 568 total personnel, 36,678 total acres
Fire Suppression Activity
Yesterday’s rain continued to assist firefighting efforts on all fires in the region. Today, crews will continue to make progress with mopping up firelines, patrolling and clearing established containment lines of newly fallen leaves. Firefighters will also continue to assess for suppression-repair needs on the larger fires and begin with restoration efforts to prefire conditions. Any hotspots that remain on the larger fires are well within the perimeter and may continue to produce smoke; however, any interior reburning that exists is not threatening containment lines. Excess resources are being released and available to assist with other area fires.
Camp Branch Fire (Macon County)
Size: 3,422 acres Containment: 75 percent Start Date: November 22
Boteler Fire (Clay County)
Size: 9,036 acres Containment: 85 percent Start Date: October 25
Maple Springs and Old Roughy Fires (Graham County)
Maple Springs: Size: 7,788 acres Containment: 78 percent Start Date: November 4
Weather and Fire Behavior
Weather conditions following the recent storm over the area will lead to dry and cool conditions today. Temperatures will be trending down, reaching highs of 40 to 50 degrees today and dry air reducing relative humidity to the upper 30’s to lower 40’s percentile. Light northwest winds are expected across the region at 7 to 10 mph, slightly higher along ridgetops, 9 to 12, with gusts to 18 mph. This pattern will continue into Saturday with an increase in chances of rain late in the weekend.
Nantahala National Forest Closures
· All forest closures remain in effect for the Tusquitee: bit.ly/2fArtYf, Cheoah: bit.ly/2fDZuqt, and the Tusquitee and Nantahala Ranger Districts: bit.ly/2g1iPm1. Visit the bit.ly link for full information
Joint Information Center (JIC)
· Yesterday, a suspect was arrested and charged with setting 2 fires in Macon County. The public is asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.