Mountain Valley Fire Department responded to a series of loose fires along Highway US-441 on Cowee Mountain this afternoon. The North Carolina Forest Service and Franklin Fire Department assisted and the Macon County Sheriff Office assisted in traffic control, encouraging motorists to slow down and move over one lane while firefighters were engaged in fire suppression activities. The fires were along the northbound side of the road from above the overlook to just below the Waterspicket Curve. No cause had been determined when Macon Media left the scene shortly after 1:30 pm.
A video montage and a few photos have been included with this article.
Remember, when you see emergency personnel, including tow truck operators, on the side of a multi-lane highway, please move over one lane of traffic. On two lane roads, please slow down so you can react if someone stumbles into the roadway.