Published May 9, 2014
A small wildfire in the vicinity of North Carolina's Max Patch caused the parking lot there to be closed on Thursday, May 8, 2014. As of Friday, May 9th, the parking lot is open.
Stevin Wescott, our media contact with the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina, told AppalachianTrail.com that "You can also let folks know that they may see heavy smoke along the AT ... also a helicopter is being used in the operation and may land near the AT from time to time."
On Friday, May 9th, the U.S. Forest Service issued this update:
Firefighters continue to suppress a small wildfire in the Harmon Den in the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah NF.
The wildfire, reported late Wednesday afternoon, is 60 acres. Containment lines have been established and back-burning operations were completed. Firefighters continue monitoring and improving containment lines. Minimal smoke is expected today.
Cause of the wildfire is under investigation. Nearly 30 firefighters and others are working to suppress the wildfire. Resources include the Asheville Hotshots and other firefighters, several local engines, and a Forest Service helicopter from Georgia.
Max Patch parking area is open to the public. The following areas remained closed because of firefighting activities: Cold Springs Rd. (Forest Service Road 148); Browns Gap Rd. (FSR 148A); and Harmon Den Campground.
These areas may reopen on Saturday afternoon.
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