Start date: November 20, 2016
Location: 5miles NW of Marion, NC
Cause: Human caused, incendiary likely.
Total Personnel: 274 personnel
Current Size: 3,163 Acres
Thompson's Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team is working closely with local NC Forest Service, US Forest Service, and McDowell County partners. Resources assigned to the incident: 1 - Type I crew, 4 - Type II crews, and 5 engines.
Firefighters were prevented from working on the fire Tuesday morning due to rain, but were able to access the fire in the afternoon. Firefighters used the unexpected break in the weather to develop rehabilitation plans that can be implemented later in the week after the next wave of rain. Many resources were released Tuesday with many heading to the Sevier County Fire in Gatlinburg, TN.
Firefighters will be working on rehabilitation projects this morning in the accessible areas of the fire. If the next round of rain this afternoon requires the firefighters to leave the fire area, they will spend the afternoon working on projects at the North Carolina Mountain Training Center. Other firefighters not needed for rehabilitation activities will be sent to other fires, or back to their homes.
Rain gauges in the fire area showed an average of 2" of rain Tuesday. Another round of rain is expected into the area this afternoon with the potential for 1" of precipitation. It is important to note that this rain inhibits fire potential in the short term, but the fuels will dry out quickly without continued precipitation.