Published Dec 18, 2013
If you're planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail in the region near North Carolina's Roan High Knob northward to Laurel Fork Gorge in the next few days, the smoke you might see is from a U.S. Forest Service prescribed burn in northern Caldwell County in the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.
The Forest Service will conduct the 200-acre burn in the Thunderhole Creek area to reduce hazardous fuels and help protect local communities from catastrophic wildfire.
Public safety is the highest priority during a prescribed burn. Smoke may be visible in Caldwell, Avery, and Watauga counties, including the towns of Blowing Rock, Boone, Linville, Foscoe and Collettsville.
Drivers should use caution when traveling in these areas as there may be smoke and firefighters on the roads. The Forest Service will conduct modeling to ensure appropriate weather conditions and reduce the effects of smoke.
The following partners are assisting with the project:
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, Closings, and US Forest Service
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