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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Update on Dicks Creek Fire


National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801 
PIO - Deanna Younger

Incident Commander - Greg Brooks

FRANKLIN, NC, October 27, 2016, 10:00 AM
Started: October 23, 2016Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 80%Location: Southeast of Dicks Creek Road, Sylva, NC
Fuel Type: Hardwood, Leaf LitterTerrain: Steep and Rugged
Current Size: 374 Acres 
Summary: Firefighters made significant progress along the fire perimeter yesterday, gridding for hot spots and using engine hose lays to spray nearly 8,000 gallons of water on smoking fuels along containment lines. Work today will focus along dozer lines on the east side of the fire area where crews will be extinguishing hot spots and taking care of hazard trees near the fire line. Patrol and monitoring will continue along Dicks Creek Road. 

Gusty winds are expected today with a hazardous weather outlook that could produce storms and/or lightning. Incident Commander Greg Brooks told firefighters during morning briefing, "We may not see any rain - lightning will be the main threat."
Fire Behavior: Minimal fire, smoldering, large trees well within the fire area may continue to smoke for weeks
Evacuations: None
Type 2 Crews: 1Engines:  2Helicopter:  1Dozers:  1