Silver Mine Fire in Hot Springs, NC, is 100% Contained

Published May 4, 2016

Silver Mine Fire, Hot Springs, NC ~ InciWeb

Silver Mine Fire, Hot Springs, NC ~ InciWeb

After 13 days of firefighting, the United States Forest Service (USFS) says the Silver Mine Fire near Hot Springs, North Carolina, was fully contained as of Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

The Silver Mine Fire was reported on Thursday, April 21, in Madison County, just east of Hot Springs. The fire quickly grew from 2,500 acres to the final extent of 5,964 acres. Rain helped fight the fire on April 22nd. Firefighters conducted burn-out operations to secure containment lines the week of April 25.

The Appalachian Trail is open, although hikers are advised to stay on the trail and not camp or linger in the burn area because hazards may still exist, including weakened trees, stump holes, and dislodged logs or rocks.

The fire was determined to be human caused, but the exact cause remains under investigation.

Interior fuels within the containment lines may continue to smolder over the next several days, but pose no risk to the lines. Crews will continue to patrol the fire area and monitor water quality and forest health from any long-term effects.

These Forest Service Roads will remain closed to the public until fire line repair work is completed:

  • Hurricane Gap Rd (NC-FSR 467 / TN-FSR 31 (Cherokee NF))
  • Mill Ridge Rd (NC-FSR 113)
  • Shad Rd (TN-FSR 422 (Cherokee NF))
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina Forest Service, local Volunteer Fire Departments, and North Carolina Emergency Management assisted in suppression of the fire. At the height of firefighting efforts, there were 179 personnel on the ground, including crews from all over the Southeast and as far away as Arizona.

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