By day, Patrick Hanaway and his wife, Lisa Lichtig, are physicians at their integrative and functional medicine practice, Family to Family, in Weaverville. By night, the couple are stewards of a different type of healing practice: They are fire keepers with Sacred Fire Asheville, the local chapter of an international nonprofit. Since 2002, Hanaway says guests […]
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Q&A: Joe Hollis, founder of Mountain Gardens
Joe Hollis’ whole life is Mountain Gardens, a botanical garden in Western North Carolina that he has cultivated over 50 years. Hollis focuses on growing useful plants, especially medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables, and passing along his plant wisdom to students and apprentices. Workshops, seeds and bare root plant sales support Hollis and his garden. […]
Fire torches warehouse at MSD Woodfin facility
The cause of the Nov. 10 fire remained unknown as of press time. According to a Facebook post by the West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department, all of the county’s fire departments and personnel from neighboring counties were called to the scene.
State of confusion
Asheville Archives: Flames finish off the original Battery Park Hotel, 1923
In the fall of 1923, a demolition crew began tearing down the original Battery Park. Later that year, flames would consume parts of the remaining property.
Remembering the fire that nearly destroyed the Old Kentucky Home
July marks the 20-year anniversary of the unsolved arson that nearly destroyed one of Asheville’s historic landmarks.
Tuesday History: Catholic Hill School and the fire of 1917, part 2
“Darkness ended the heroic labors of the firemen, who were searching among the ruins for the bodies of those still missing, while keeping streams of water on the hot ashes and charred timbers,” notes The Asheville Citizen, in its 1917 article, “Death Toll At Catholic Hill School May Be Eight Children.”
Tuesday History: Catholic Hill School and the fire of 1917
Catholic Hill School — Asheville’s first school building constructed to serve the African-American community — was built in 1892. The three-story brick building held classes for students in the first through ninth grades. On Friday, Nov. 16, 1917, the school’s furnace malfunctioned. Fire consumed the building, and seven students perished in the flames. In 1923, Stephens-Lee […]
Letter writer: Silver Mine fire inspires poem
“Out of the ashes of her arsonist’s deliberate attack
She will rise in time and take her mountains back”
UPDATED The morning after: Photos from the Black Mountain/Ridgecrest Wildfire
Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, a brush fire caused by unknown sources in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe County erupted across the ridgeline. Spurred by gusty winds and dry conditions, the blaze soon spread across the mountains bordering Black Mountain, destroying several homes and forcing residents to flee to safety as state and federal Park Service officials, along with firefighters from across Western North Carolina, came in droves to battle the wildfire.
AC-T: South Slope fire in Asheville seems suspicious
CITIZEN-TIMES — City firefighters say a blaze that heavily damaged an abandoned commercial building near the downtown Tuesday night appears suspicious.
Major gas fire hits Sandhill Road area ***UPDATED 5:50 P.M.***
***UPDATED: As of 5:50 p.m. the fire is out.*** A major gas fire hit the Sandhill Road area, erupting around 4 p.m. today. Emergency response crews have blocked off the area, and reports from both news outlets and social media tell of a huge fireball and a shockwave that shook nearby buildings. Authorities are warning people to avoid the area. Photo by Jason Setran.
2013’s greatest hits: The year’s most-read news stories
A round-up of the five most-read news stories of 2013 on Mountainx.com.
Asheville Fire Department extinguishes flames at old Isaac Dickson Elementary School
At 11:27 a.m., Asheville firefighters reported the morning fire at the old Isaac Dickson Elementary, 125 Hill St., has been contained.
VIDEO: Linville Gorge fire burns on
As a massive fire continues to engulf parts of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, photographer William Mauney posted a stunning video to YouTube documenting the flames.
Update: Linville Gorge fire continues, dry weather could challenge containment
Yesterday’s rain helped reduce the size of the raging fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area from 2,700 acres to about 2,275 acres, but the blaze continues to blanket a popular site for hiking, climbing and camping. Officials are now worried that an upcoming week of warm, dry weather could challenge containment efforts.
Locals gather to honor Capt. Jeff Bowen, dedicate memorial
As Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette stood speaking during a memorial dedication for Capt. Jeff Bowen at Mission Health on Thursday afternoon, he had to stop when nearby firetruck sirens rang out. (Photo of Scott Burnette by Caitlin Byrd)
BREAKING: New Belgium fire ‘very suspicious’
The cause of the structure fire that started in the River Arts District late April 5 evening remains as opaque as the smoke that billowed from it. The flames overtook two buildings at the future New Belgium site on Craven Street. (Photo by Max Cooper) ***UPDATE Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m.: AFD has determined these fires were intentionally set.***
Fire in the RAD: Major blaze reported in multiple buildings
By about 11 p.m. tonight, the Asheville twitterati were reporting that a major fire — or multiple fires — were blazing in the River Arts District. Early reports indicate that vacant buildings at the future New Belgium site may have burned. (photo from West Asheville Watch)
Fire at Tunnel Road icon the Mountaineer Inn, WLOS reports
Fire at the Mountaineer Inn on Tunnel Road has been brought under control, according to AFD sources. Photo by Erin Flattery via Twitter.