Firefighters Responding To Wildfires In Pisgah National Forest-Brevard NC
Last updated 4/6/2020 at 1:12pm
High fire danger and windy conditions across Western North Carolina and the N.C. Piedmont led to multiple wildfires Friday. U.S. Forest Service firefighters are responding to two significant wildfires, including the Camp Daniel Boone Fire that is now burning into the Shining Rock Wilderness on the Pisgah National Forest.
The Camp Daniel Boone Fire started on private property off Little East Fork Road in Haywood County Friday afternoon, April 3. The fire is now burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is estimated at 50 acres and is located near the Art Loeb Trail west of Deep Gap. Roughly 40 firefighters are responding from the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service. N.C. Forest Service helicopters and air tankers made multiple water drops yesterday to try to slow the spread of the fire. A U.S. Forest Service helicopter is on scene again today. The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads are closed due to the fire and Hiking to Deep Gap or the peak of Cold Mountain is discouraged.
The Cals Creek Fire is burning in east of Highway 23/441 in Macon County near Otto. The fire is estimated at 30 acres. The fire started on private property and is now also burning on U.S. Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest. Approximately 25 firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service are responding. A N.C. Forest Service helicopter was used for water drops yesterday.
The cause of both fires is under investigation.
State and federal firefighters responded to multiple additional wildfire starts across Western N.C. yesterday. U.S. Forest Service firefighters also responded to a small fire on the Uwharrie National Forest in the NC Piedmont.