Updates: Bald Knob & Wolf Creek Forest Fires in North Carolina

Published Aug 13, 2015

Bald Knob Fire ~ Photo courtesy of National Forest Service

Bald Knob Fire ~ Photo courtesy of National Forest Service

Lisa Jennings, media contact person for the National Forests in North Carolina, says the pesky forest fires at Bald Knob and Wolf Creek in the Pisgah Forest do not directly affect the Appalachian Trail, but hikers might be curious about smoke in the distance.

A temporary closure of a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail between the footbridge over the North Fork of the Catawba River and Dobson Knob Road (Forest Service Road 106) remains in place.

Heartbreak Ridge Trail (208) and Star Gap Trail (209) are also closed until further notice, along with Jarrett Creek Road (FS4030). Please avoid these areas for your own safety and the safety of emergency response personnel on scene.

Fire activity remains low, but hot spots remain within the fires' perimeters and the potential for active fire behavior remains high.
The Southern Area Gold Team and the North Carolina Forest Service are managing the fires in unified command. The Bald Knob Fire (30% containment) and Wolf Creek Fire (60% containment) are on the Pisgah National Forest.
As of Thursday, August 13, 2015, aviation support is flying both fires and utilizing infrared technology to monitor and detect heat. The chance for active fire behavior remains high.
On the Bald Knob Fire, crews will work to construct dozer lines on the west side of the fire working east towards FS 106. On the east side of the fire, handlines will be constructed and improved along Paddy Creek to Old NC 105 Road. Limited access, rough terrain and heavy vegetation continue to make direct access unviable. Crews continue to assess needs to protect values at risk for both fires. The Wolf Creek Fire will be monitored by aerial resources today.

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