Firefighters battled a major blaze in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in Pisgah National Forest. On Nov. 16, the fire spanned 2,700 acres surrounding Table Rock, a popular site for hiking, climbing and camping.
Structures in an Outward Bound camp were threatened by the fire, but no homes were at risk. Federal firefighters from four states joined forces in North Carolina to suppress the flames, with more than 100 personnel working the fire.
At press time, there were no injuries, although officials warned that smoke drifting to nearby neighborhoods could potentially cause respiratory problems.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. A reward may be offered for substantial information regarding the investigation, and officials urge anyone with information to contact Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp at (828) 442-2470 or the Grandfather Ranger District at (828) 652-2144. — Jake Frankel