Press release from U.S. Forest Service and Southern Area Incident Management Team: Incident Resources: 17 crews, 6 helicopters, 1 fixed wing, 64 engines, 16 dozers, 4 water tenders, and 809 total personnel. Boteler Fire (Clay County): The fire continues to be active due to dry conditions and continually falling leaves. Light winds yesterday enabled crews […]
If you see smoke in the Bent Creek area this coming week, it’s likely part of a research project: If weather conditions remain safe, the USDA Forest Service says it will conduct a prescribed burn sometime during the week of July 25. The burn is being done for research purposes on the Bent Creek Experimental Forest near Lake Powhatan, southwest of Asheville, say officials at the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
“Forest Service Huey is now on site at Swannanoa fire. It’s dipping out of Owen Park. Five buckets down now,” Aaron D. D’Innocenzi said via Twitter at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, shortly after firefighters managed to build a containment line all the way around the 35-acre fire off Sims Lane, north of Bee Tree Road. Video by Aaron D. D’Innocenzi.