12-3-2016 Update for Boteler, Maple Springs, Dicks Creek, Tellico,Camp Br
Incident: Boteler Fire Wildfire
11 crews, 3 engines, 2 helicopters, 5 excavators, 330 total personnel, 34,849 total acres
Camp Branch Fire (Macon County)
Yesterday, crews mopped up and secured containment at 85%, with these actions continuing today. If rain and wind hamper field operations today, they will use that time to sharpen, maintain, and clean tools, engines, and equipment. As trees are downed by strong winds, firefighters will clear them off roads, such as Wayah Road (SR 1310), Forest Road 711, Locust Tree Branch Road. They remain positioned to respond to any new fire starts. Transfer of command of all fires from Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Blue Team to Type 3 Incident Commander Kyle Smith will occur today at 6:00 pm.
Size: 3,422 acres Containment: 85 percent Start Date: November 22
Firefighters are patrolling the following fires: Dick’s Creek, Boteler, Maple Springs and Tellico, all now showing 100% containment.
Demobilization of firefighting forces are expected to continue, as they are being released to other fires or to go to their home units. This will be the last update from the Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Blue Team. The fire information line 828-349-5827 will be decommissioned at 3:00 pm today.
Weather and Fire Behavior
Cool and dry conditions are forecast once again for Saturday with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, with a minimum relative humidity of 30 to 40% range expected. Winds will remain at or below 15 mph. More moisture is expected 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. Fire behavior on all the fires is expected to be minimal with occasional smoldering hotspots still showing, particularly with interior snags.
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. Announcements will be made through the National Forests in North Carolina website as closure notices change.
Joint Information Center (JIC)
The public is asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Law Enforcement.