Published Nov 27, 2013
This final update on the Table Rock Fire in North Carolina's Linville Gorge was released at 10 AM on Monday, November 25, 2013, by the National Forest Service.
The Table Rock wildfire, which began November 12th, is located in Linville Gorge on Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire expanded to 2,579 acres and 113 firefighters worked on the fire.
All Road and Trail Closures in the Linville Gorge Area Have Been Lifted.
Due to successful firefighting efforts and wet weather, the Table Rock Fire is approaching full containment. Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, command of the fire will transfer from the Southern Area Type 2 Team back to the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.
All US Forest Service roads and trails under the Forest Closure Order are now open, including Table Rock Picnic Area. Today is opening day of rifle deer season. The weather forecast predicts below freezing temperatures. Hunters and others using the Linville Gorge area are reminded to use standard safety measures with campfires.
Make sure campfires are "dead out" before leaving them.
On Sunday, November 24th, the Table Rock Fire continued to show very low fire or smoke activity. However, reduced humidity, stronger winds, and sunshine resulted in isolated fire activity in some areas of Chimney Creek.
Due to the inaccessibility of the area, a helicopter was used to extinguish the hot spots with water drops. Until significant rain arrives, expect that other hotspots could flare up. Efforts will continue on the rehabilitation of the fire line. Table Rock Fire will be monitored during the day for new fire activity.
Monday, winds will decrease to 4-7 mph and gusting to 12 mph. Wind direction will shift to coming from the south southeast. Relative humidity will be 20-30%. Temperatures will be around 18 degrees in the morning. Rain and freezing rain are expected Monday night into early Tuesday.
Fire traffic will continue to be seen on roads. Crews are still actively commuting between the base camp at Catawba Meadows Park and the fire line. Drive with caution.
Today's update will be the final daily update issued on the Table Rock Fire unless significant changes occur.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators are looking for any information or observations that may help determine the cause of the fire.
A reward may be offered for substantial information regarding this investigation and persons should contact Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp at 828-442-2470 or the Grandfather Ranger District at 828-652-2144.
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