Crews are fighting a wildfire in Talladega National Forest. So far the wildfire has burned 319 acres in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness.
Shoal Creek Ranger, Bobby Kitchens says, “We’re expecting the wildfire to gain more acres, but we do have a plan for containment.”
Kitchens says the wildfire was discovered Sunday and expects it to continue to burn for several days. Right now at least 50 firefighters and support staff are fighting the wildfires.
The Pinhoti Trail, north of Pinky Burns Trail Head is closed all the way to Forest Service Road 500. Officials say the wildfire is creating lots of smoke and drivers should use caution on surrounding highways.
The cause of the wildfire has yet to be determined. But Shoal Creek Rangers say they believe someone started the fire.
A five-acre wildfire threatened two camper trailers and a wood-frame house on Fletcher Cove Road in Parsonsville Thursday afternoon, said Michael Crouse, N.C. Forest Service assistant county ranger in Wilkes.
Crouse said it started from the owner of the wood frame home burning leaves in his yard and driveway. He said the man was issued a forest service ticket for not keeping an outdoors fire under control.
The fire burned up to edges of the campers and around them and to the driveway of the wood-frame house, which is at the end of Fletcher Cove Road, but firefighters prevented any structural damage, he said.
“No one was evacuated but I told them to prepare to” evacuate, said Crouse.
The forest service and the Millers Creek Fire Department were dispatched to the fire about 12:30 pm Thursday and arrived on the scene about 1 p.m.
The fire was in the far northwestern corner of Wilkes and was burning toward the Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway, about two miles away, and Lump Road before it was brought under control with a line cleared mostly by a forest service bulldozer operated by Jeff Bumgarner.
A forest service Huey helicopter dumped water on the fire and a forest service scout plane monitored the fire’s status.
In addition to Millers Creek, the Champion and Cricket fire departments and Fire Attack Support Team (FAST) members were on the fire. Crouse said firefighters cleared the scene about 6 p.m. Thursday.
“If it doesn’t rain, we’re going to be in a world of trouble fire-wise” Friday and this weekend due to dry conditions, low humidity and newly-fallen leaves, he added.
He said a grass fire scorched about a tenth of an acre Thursday afternoon on Beaver Dam Road, which is off N.C. 268 East, in the Knotville community near North Wilkesboro. The Knotville Fire Department and the forest service responded.
MAGNITUDE 5.0 – TAIWAN REGION
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Depth: 26 km
Distances: 74km (46mi) SW of Yonakuni, Japan
87km (54mi) E of Hualian, Taiwan
89km (55mi) SE of Su’ao, Taiwan
109km (68mi) SE of Yilan, Taiwan
871km (541mi) ENE of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
MAGNITUDE 5.3 – RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
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Depth: 53 km
Distances: 64km (40mi) NNE of Naze, Japan
238km (148mi) SSW of Nishinoomote, Japan
266km (165mi) SSW of Makurazaki, Japan
272km (169mi) SSW of Ibusuki, Japan
990km (615mi) SSE of Seoul, South Korea
MAGNITUDE 4.6 – MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
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Depth: 80 km
Distances: 1066 km SE of Manila, Philippines / pop: 10,444,527 / local time: 01:44:07.0 2013-11-16
108 km SE of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,212,504 / local time: 01:44:07.0 2013-11-16
45 km SE of Mati, Philippines / pop: 105,908 / local time: 01:44:07.0 2013-11-16
30 km SE of Bobon, Philippines / pop: 4,515 / local time: 01:44:07.0 2013-11-16