Table Rock (NC) Fire 40 Percent Contained

The U.S. Forest Service says that firefighters have made some progress in suppressing the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge, reports the Watauga Democrat.

"A change in weather conditions today should bring some much-needed rain to the area," a USFS statement said. "However, the rain is expected to be sparse across the Linville Gorge and will not be enough to fully suppress the fire. Total size of the fire grew to 1,800 acres yesterday, with a 40 percent containment estimate as a result of extensive burnout operations."

Wildfire suppression efforts on Friday were to focus on additional burnouts along the southern flank of the fire, with crews building containment lines by hand and dozer and burning from these lines.

The USFS said smoke would increase Friday afternoon due to the active fire and burnout operations.

Federal firefighters from four states have joined forces in North Carolina to suppress the Table Rock Fire, with more than 100 personnel working the fire. The Cherokee Hotshot crew from Tennessee is the most recent hand crew to join forces with the North Carolina Type 3 Team.

 
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