Latest on Forest Fires
Here are some details on the forest fire burning in McDowell County which is causing smoky conditions in Mitchell County. Depending upon the winds and other atmospheric conditions, the fire may cause the smoke to become concentrated and could lead to respiratory distress for certain individuals.
Bald Knob (near NC 226 in the Woodlawn community)
As of Sunday, August 9, this fire has burned approximately 1,000 acres since it began in mid-July with a lightning strike. A temporary closure of a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail between the footbridge over the North Fork of the Catawba River and Dobson Knob Road (Forest Service Road 106) remains in place. Recent rains have helped with efforts to contain the fire, but dry conditions are expected to return for the next few days. Air quality has improved, but they drier weather may result in smoky conditions returning to the area, especially along the Blue Ridge Escarpment at the Mitchell/McDowell County line. If smoky conditions return, people with respiratory problems are urged to take steps to limit their exposure to the smoke. Officials are estimating September 10 as the date they will have contained thie fire.
For the latest infroamtion on the fire, the Forest Service is maintaining a page at InciWeb.
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