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Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath: What Made It & What Burnt

By: Skyepony, 10:11 PM GMT on November 29, 2016

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Sevier County Wildfire
More than 14,000 people have been displaced by the wildfire in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, originally 2000 were in shelters. At least 12 people have died and 74 were treated. There are people and pets missing, search and rescue may wrap up as early as Thursday evening. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said they have for "quite a few" of the 70 or so originally missing. Over 700 homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Limited access for owners and renters may happen Friday morning.

The rain that fell and what is hoped to come this week isn't enough to satisfy the ~16inch drought across the region. The Red Cross is urging people in these fire threatened areas to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Listen to local radio and TV for emergency info. Check your emergency kit and arrange for somewhere else to stay out of the area like a friend or relative.

The wildfire that impacted Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge started the very day it burnt around the towns. It started from the Chimney Tops Trail Fire, sparking a new fire near Mynatt Park.

For Evacuees of the Sevier County wildfire, the following locations are accepting those displaced by the fire:
-The Leconte Center
-Pigeon Forge Community Center
-Liberty Baptist Church in Wears Valley
-New Hope Church in Kodak
-Iglesia Christiana LaDuz De Jesus



Published on Nov 29, 2016 by: Entertainment News Gaming
Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath - New Footage Shows the Extent of Damage done by Wildfires in Gatlinburg

What Was Burnt, What Was Not According to Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce who also tweeted that businesses in Pigeon Forge are open & that Gatlinburg is still evacuated. Here is a complete list that is being regularly updated.

Areas in The Smokey National Park that were at least partially burnt were: Chimney Tops, Mt Le Conte, Bullhead Trail, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. GSMNP has closed all facilities located in the park.

Chalet Village was damaged but not destroyed.
Dollywood had several cabins that were damaged or destroyed but other wise okay except for some wind damage. It maybe open on Thursday.

Destroyed:
Cobbly Knob ~70 homes
Wear's Valley Area ~70 homes
Condo Villas of Gatlinburg Association ~30 homes
Cupids Chapel of Love
Hillbilly Golf (building intact, course had damage)
The Mountain Lodge
Creek Place Efficiencies
The Alamo Steakhouse
Highland Condominiums
Tree Tops Resort (most likely but not confirmed)
Westgate Resort (lost some cabins, plans to reopen in two weeks)

Intact:
Downtown Gatlinburg
Elkmont
Le Conte Lodge
DreamMore Resort
Little log Wedding Chapel
Ober Gatlinburg
Park Vista Hotel
Parrot Mountain
Pi Beta Pi Elem School (mostly)
Ripley's Aquarium
Traveler's Motel
Black Bear Falls
Chalet Village was damaged


Mysterious Mansion fate has been conflicting.
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Southern Fires Face Winds With Hopes of Rain.

By: Skyepony, 7:58 PM GMT on November 28, 2016

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Check blog comments for latest on Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area Fires.

Wind is up today as hopefully rain approaches. Some fires have grown, surrounding states have caught more fires. Some fires have been successfully contained.


Image credit: Climate Central

Camp Branch Fire (Macon NC) grew, They plan to protect structures atleast through the night.. They are trying to keep the fire east of the AT and south of DeWeese Branch Creek .
Size: 2,146 acres Containment: 35 percent Start Date: November 22

Boteler Fire (Clay County, NC)
Hasn't grown much. Hot spots and falling leaves with high winds still cause a fear of spreading. Repair work to roads have begun.
Size: 9,036 acres Containment: 85 percent Start Date: October 25

Maple Springs Fire (NC)
This fire is contained other than what is in Slickrock Wilderness. They are using planes on that to contain it against some mostly natural fire breaks.
Size: 7,788 acres Containment: 78 percent Start Date: November 4

Clear Creek Fire near Marion, NC (ENE of Asheville) is threatening homes. A concern over drones has been raised. Shelters are open.

Pinnacle Fire is only 50% contained. It has spread to 10,097 acres and is threatening homes Table Rock State Park and the trail system remain closed. The park is expected to re-open in stages, maybe as early as Monday 11/28/16 afternoon. Check the park website () or call (864) 878-9813 with any questions. Structure protection teams continue to stage in high risk areas holding line, evaluating homes for risk and mitigating risks where possible. Structures potentially threatened are: Pickens Co. (112), Greenville Co. (523), and Transylvania Co., NC (171). Populations potentially affected are Pickens Co. (122), Greenville Co. (187), and Transylvania Co. (132).

The Rough Ridge Fire (Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Chattahoochee National Forest, GA) is 27,870 acres and 87 percent contained. There is a better chance for rain here. The fire is more suppressed and the coming hunt is planned to proceed.

Mount Pleasant Fire (Mount Pleasant Scenic area, Thrasher's Creek Community, VA) is 11,229 Acres and now 90% contained as it continues to smolder.

Some fires have been contained to the point where they no longer are detecting hot spots in them and the leaves have fallen off the trees enough that re-burns are no longer an issue. These fires are being put into repair statues. Repair work is being done to roads, trails and organic material is being placed back on the fire suppression lines.
Fires in repair status: Whitewater (23 ac.), Cliffside (110 ac.), Grape Cove (11 ac.), Wine Spring (93 ac.), Knob (1,130 ac.), Moss Knob (7 ac.), Ridge Gap (1 ac.), Mulberry (1 ac.), Boardtree (0.5 ac.), and Muskrat (104 ac.).

Firefighters are patrolling the following fires regularly and keeping containment lines open and cleared of newly fallen leaves: Buck Creek (6 ac.), Falls (NA), Moses Creek (30 ac.), Jones Gap (8 ac.), Jarrett Knob (NA), May Branch (175 ac.), Charley Creek (6 ac.), Nick (0.2 ac.), Howard Gap (0.2 ac.), Bullpen (6 ac.), Jones Creek (1.3 ac), Cathey Gap (123 ac.), Dick’s Creek (729 ac.), and Tellico (13,874 ac.).

Smokey Bear made it to the Christmas Parade in Franklin, NC this past weekend.

Credit:Boteler and Nantahala Branch Fires


Burning Restrictions
· Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests total fire ban: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/alerts-notices/?cid=f seprd524246
· NC Forest Service burning ban: ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2016.htm#11 21162




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Southern Wildfires Continue

By: Skyepony, 11:14 PM GMT on November 22, 2016

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Southern Wildfires Continue

With the weather across Appalachia expected to be mostly dry through at least the rest of the week, wildfires and smoke should continue. Last night a new fire started south of Franklin in the Jones Creek area, it was contained at less than an acre. Most of the established fires are not expected to spread much in the coming days. Re-burns are occurring as falling leaves hit the burnt-black, still hot ground. These freshly ignited leaves blowing across containment lines are the major concern.



Maple Springs Fire (NC)
This fire is contained other than what is in Slickrock Wilderness. The Blue Team will assume command of this fire, Wednesday, November 23, at 7:00 a.m. The team will also assist Cheoah Ranger District with new fire starts. More here.

Boteler Fire (Clay County, NC)
No change. Hot spots are being monitored, falling leaves and gust winds are keeping are an issue.
Size: 9,043 acres Containment: 77 percent Start Date: October 25

Tellico Fire (Swain and Macon Counties, NC)
Mostly creeping and smoldering. Firefighters are working the Southwest last to be contained side while patrolling and blowing leaves.
Size: 13,874 acres Containment: 91 percent Start Date: November 3

Cathey Gap and Dick’s Creek Fires (Jackson County, NC)
IR flights aren't showing much for hot spots in Dick's Creek. Cathey Gap is a little more active. They are blowing leaves and blowing up stumps and dead trees that might compromise the containment of both.
Cathy Gap: Size: 123 acre Containment: 90 percent Start Date: November 17
Dick’s Creek: Size: 729 acres Containment: 99 percent Start Date: October 11

Party Rock Fire (Henderson County, NC)
The fire containment lines have held for the last three days in strong wind. Mop up efforts continue and hot spots are being doused near structures and containment lines. Some of the firefighters from this fire are being moved to other fires. All the remaining evacuations with this fore have ended. The last shelter closed today.
Size 7,171 Acres, 45% contained, began November 9th

The Rock Mountain Fire, near Tate City, Georgia
This fire is burning northward into Shooting Creek Wilderness in North Carolina. No structures have been lost but it is producing much hazardous smoke. The fire is being managed by the Pacific Northwest 3 Incident Management Team. They will hold a public meeting tonight at 6:00 at the Otto Community Center, 60 Firehouse Road, Otto, North Carolina. For fire information, call 470-208-2866, or go to here.

Mount Pleasant Fire (Amherst County, VA)
This fire is fairly new and spread alot Sunday to become a large fire. It is located at Mount Pleasant Scenic area, Thrasher's Creek Community on both public and private lands. A public meeting has been scheduled for this evening at the Central Baptist Church 103 Central Church Lane Amherst, VA at 7 pm Nov 22.
Size: 2,711 Acres 0% contained Started: November 19th

The following fires are being patrolled daily to ensure containment lines are holding: Buck Creek Fire (6 ac.), Falls Fire (NA), Grape Cove Fire (11 ac.), Moses Creek Fire (30 ac.), Jones Gap Fire (8 ac.), Jarrett Knob Fire (NA), Wine Spring Fire (93 ac.), Mulberry Fire (1 ac.), Moss Knob Fire (7 ac.), May Branch Fire (175 ac.), Boardtree Fire (0.5 ac.), Charley Creek Fire (6 ac.), Nick (0.2 ac.), Ridge Gap (1 ac.), Ferebee (now Tellico), Cliffside Fire (110 ac.), Whitewater Fire (23 ac.), Howard Gap (0.2 ac.), Knob (1,130 ac.), Muskrat (104 ac.), Bullpen (6 ac.).

Road and Trail Closure Status

All roads in Swain and Macon Counties are open. Nantahala National Forest closures remain.

· An area closure order (No. 08-11-09-17-02) for the Tusquitee Ranger District is in effect for lands, trails, and roads in the area surrounding the Boteler Fire. To view a map and complete list of closed roads and trails, go to tinyurl.com/zoq4lm8
· An area closure order (No. 08-11-00-17-03) for the Tusquitee and Nantahala Rangers Districts is in effect for lands, trails, and roads southeast of the Boteler Fire. The closed area extends south from Highway 64 to the Georgia border and includes the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. The Appalachian Trail is closed from the Nantahala Outdoor Center south to the Georgia border. To view a map and complete list of closed roads and trails, go to tinyurl.com/jmxv7dv.
· These trails are also closed: Wesser Creek, Whitewater Falls, Foothills from NC Hwy 281 to the Bad Creek access, Bartram Trail from Wine Spring Bald west to Nantahala Lake, and Bartram Trail from the trailhead at NC 106 north and west to NC 1643 (Hickory Knoll Road).


Burning Restrictions
· Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests total fire ban: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/alerts-notices/?cid=f seprd524246
· NC Forest Service burning ban: ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2016.htm#11 21162




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WNC & GA: Bad Fire Weather Weekend

By: Skyepony, 8:28 PM GMT on November 19, 2016

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Bad Fire Weather Weekend For The Southeast

Sprinkles finished a better week for fighting wildfires in the Southeast, though not enough to quell the effects of the winds coming. As a cold front passes, the winds are expected to gust to 40mph on the ridges and 25mph on lower elevations. Fire conditions may lead to some extreme fire behavior this weekend. Residence in these flammable areas are being asked to remove dead leaves and other burnable debris away from homes, roofs, outbuildings, propane tanks and such.

New fire restrictions are in place along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) from US Route 33 in Shenandoah National Park to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia. This includes the NPS lands around McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs in Virginia and are consistant with the fire restrictions that are in effect from other land management agencies in GA, NC, TN and southern VA. Open fires are all prohibited. Pressurized gas camp stoves are allowed. Smoking is prohibited in many areas. More info here.

The Southern Area Red Team is going home and handing the fires to the Southern Area Blue Team. They are our National Wildfire Fighters and usually trade off every 14 days. Red Team has been working these fires since November 3rd.


Boteler firefighters returning from the day shift briefing November 16 were greeted by 580 school children with posters and flags waving to show their appreciation. The event is one of many expressions of community support shown to the firefighters and support personnel. Photos by PIO James Stone.

Close up maps of the more active fires in the Nantahala Boteler areas at links, #botelerfire #tellicofire #cathygapfire.

Boteler Fire (Clay County): Planes flying over using at night using Infrared to detect hot spots and blasting of diseased trees has been instrumental in gain some control on this fire. Hot spots neat East Vineyard are being monitored. Extra crews are there to address any new fires that may blow out of the lines.
Size: 9,015 acres Containment: 72 percent Start Date: October 25

Tellico Fire (Swain and Macon Counties)
Many hotspots remain on the southsides of mountains. The front may bring extreme fire conditions and extended burns. Fire spread rates will be highest along ridges and in open areas.
Size: 13,874 acres Containment: 88 percent Start Date: November 3

Cathy Gap Fire (Jackson County) A more recently started fire. Much equipment and crews are being put on this fire, attempting to contain it.
Size: 123 acres Containment: 80% Start Date: November 17

Dick's Creek Fire is mostly contained but still having re-burn as more leaves fall into the fire.
Size: 728 acres Containment: 98% Start Date: October 23

Rock Mountain Fire near Tate City, Georgia was active yesterday, but no structures were lost.

Fires in Patrol Status
The following fires are being patrolled daily to ensure containment lines are holding: Muskrat Fire (103 ac.), Bull Pen Fire (4 ac.), Perry Fire (5 ac.), Buck Creek Fire (8 ac.), Falls Fire (NA), Grape Cove Fire (35 ac.), Moses Creek Fire (30 ac.), Jones Gap Fire (115 ac.), Jarrett Knob Fire (NA), Wine Spring Fire (95 ac.), Mulberry Fire (NA), Moss Knob Fire (7 ac.), May Branch Fire (175 ac.), Boardtree Fire (0.5 ac.), Charley Creek Fire (3 ac.), Ridge Gap (2 ac.), Cliffside Fire (101 ac.), Whitewater Fire (23 ac.), Howard Gap (0.2 ac.), and Knob (1,130 ac.).

Road and Trail Closures
Swain County
· Only residents are allowed on the following roads: Big Dog, Gassaway, Licklog, Long Branch, Luther Bingham, Mason, Morgan, Northern Partridge, Silver Mine, East Silver Ridge, Wesser Creek, Wilkes.
Macon County
· Forest Service Road 712, Board Tree Road and Jones Gap Road near the Muskrat Fire have been reopened.
. Only residents are allowed on the following roads: Deweese and Partridge Creek.
Nantahala National Forest
· An area closure order (No. 08-11-09-17-02) for the Tusquitee Ranger District is in effect for lands, trails, and roads in the area surrounding the Boteler Fire. To view a map and complete list of closed roads and trails, go to tinyurl.com/zoq4lm8.
· An area closure order (No. 08-11-00-17-03) for the Tusquitee and Nantahala Rangers Districts is in effect for lands, trails, and roads southeast of the Boteler Fire. The closed area extends south from Highway 64 to the Georgia border and includes the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. The Appalachian Trail is closed from the Nantahala Outdoor Center south to the Georgia border. To view a map and complete list of closed roads and trails, go to tinyurl.com/jmxv7dv.
· These trails are also closed: Wesser Creek, Whitewater Falls, Foothills from NC Hwy 281 to the Bad Creek access, Bartram Trail from Wine Spring Bald west to Nantahala Lake, and Bartram Trail from the trailhead at NC 106 north and west to NC 1643 (Hickory Knoll Road).



The Rough Ridge Fire located in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Chattahoochee National Forest is 27,870 acres and 45% contained. Closures: By the authority of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Order CO-13-36 the entire Cohutta Wilderness, National Forest lands north and west of FS Road 64, and National Forest lands east of FS Road 16, and the Conasauga River are closed. More closures here.



Party Rock Fire (Henderson County, NC): A pre-evacuation notice is out for many East of the fire. Residents of Riverbend Highlands, Buffalo Creek Road, Three Creeks, Tatanka, Apple Valley, Shumont Estates, and Buffalo Shoals Road north of Moffitt Road are included in this pre-evacuation notice.


Rock Mountain Fire (Rabun County GA) Pre-evacuations are out for this fire. It's a long list here.

Deer Hunting Season Begins Monday
Keep in mind there are a lot of firefighters in the forest!

As of 11/10/2016 Total Fire Ban in Affect for Nantahala and Pisgah Forest. This means no campfires or charcoal fires even in campgrounds and grills. The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Notice:
The National Forests of North Carolina has said that they expect these are human-caused fires, and they are investigating these fires for suspicion of arson. All fires are being investigated. Call the National Forests of North Carolina at 828-257-4200 if you have information about people setting fires or bragging about setting fires. If you see someone starting a fire, call 911.


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Parts of Nantahala National Forest Close & More Party Rock Evacuations

By: Skyepony, 5:17 AM GMT on November 16, 2016

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Parts of Nantahala National Forest Close


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/15/2016. Wind has shifted to where the recent smoke is blowing out to the Atlantic. Another large patch of older smoke is lingering mid-country.

The firefighters are catching a break with the weather more humid and less windy. Conditions are expected to worsen on Thursday as a mostly dry front approaches.

Nantahala Fire map for 11/15/2016


Parts of Nantahala, Cheoah Ranger District and Tusquitee Districts Are Closed
Due to the fires and hazards the United States Department of Agriculture has ordered parts of the forest closed. The closures are for anyone who doesn't possess a permit specifically excluding them or who is not a firefighter or officially fighting the fire. The penalty is $5,000, $10,000 for groups, and/or 6 months in jail. There are three areas affected by the closures. The trail and road closures are numerous and can be found at their link..

Nantahala National Forest Closures:
Cheoah Ranger District Forest Closure- This is for the area around the Maple Springs Wildfire, including parts of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
Tusquitee and Nantahala District has two closures
Southern Nantahala Wilderness area from the Boteler Fire.
Parts of Nantahala Forest just north of Highway 64 also due to Boteler Fire.

image is a view of Joyce Kilmer Wilderness, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina from the USDA webcam.


Party Rock Fire Community Meeting and Donation Drop Points
A community meeting over lunch will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Legends Restaurant at Rumbling Bald Resort. The meeting is for all interested area residents. A public information officer will provide an overview of current fire status, planned fire suppression operations, and anticipated fire behavior with the predicted late week wind event. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

There has been an outpouring of community support in the form of drink, food and other donations for firefighters and residents impacted by the incident. The local fire departments of Henderson and Rutherford Counties are now serving as drop points for these donations. Once received at these drop points, fire department staff will connect donated supplies to those needing the supplies.

For more information on the community meeting and donations of supplies, please contact the Party Rock Fire Information Center at 828-513-2500 or 336-455-9641or partyrockfireinfo@gmail.com.


Henderson County Emergency Management Officials and law enforcement will begin evacuations of Highway 9 between the intersections of Highway 74-A and Shumont Road at Noon on Wednesday, November 16th. The evacuation notice will include all roads that connect to Highway 9. Evacuations should be completed by 5:00 p.m. the same day.

If you cannot evacuate your home due to special needs or disability, please call 911.
Shelter Information:

Residents can shelter at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Avenue West, Hendersonville. The Red Cross is operating this shelter. The contact number is 828-693-5605.

For more information on this evacuation, please contact the Party Rock Fire Information Center at 828-513-2500 or 336-455-9641or partyrockfireinfo@gmail.com.


As of 11/10/2016 Total Fire Ban in Affect for Nantahala and Pisgah Forest. This means no campfires or charcoal fires even in campgrounds and grills. The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Notice:
The National Forests of North Carolina has said that they expect these are human-caused fires, and they are investigating these fires for suspicion of arson. All fires are being investigated. Call the National Forests of North Carolina at 828-257-4200 if you have information about people setting fires or bragging about setting fires. If you see someone starting a fire, call 911.

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November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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Nantahala Gorge Fires Merge, Lake Lure Burns On

By: Skyepony, 9:22 PM GMT on November 14, 2016

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Nantahala Gorge Fires Merge, Lake Lure Burns On


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/14/2016. Wind has shifted now coming more from the east.

Nantahala Fire map for 11/13/2016


Nantahala Outdoor Center Was Saved
This is a renowned whitewater boating and rafting spot for the Southeast. There are several businesses that use this spot as a place to pull their boats out of the Nantahala River. The photos below were taken by David Zalva and posted by the Rolling Thunder River Company.



The Tellico and Ferebee fires have Merged as the fire pushed north to Nanatahala Outdoor Center and surrounding businesses and closed US 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge for a day.


Road and Trail Closures:
US Highway 19/74: OPEN AGAIN
· A ten-mile section of US 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge is OPEN
Swain County Evacuations Lifted
· Only residents are allowed on the following roads: Big Dog, Gassaway, Licklog, Long Branch, Luther Bingham, Mason, Morgan, Northern Partridge, Silver Mine, East Silver Ridge, Wesser Creek, Wilkes.
Macon County Evacuations Lifted
· Only residents are allowed on Deweese and Partridge Creek Roads.
Nantahala National Forest
· The following Forest Roads (FR) are closed: 6226 (Vineyard), 351 (Nelson Ridge), 350 (Perry Gap), and 348 (Old 64).
· The following trails are closed: Wesser Creek, Chunky Gal from Glade Gap to Tusquitee Gap, Whitewater Falls, Foothills from NC Hwy 281 to the Bad Creek access (detour maps are posted at trail junctions), and the Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser south to Rock Gap Trailhead on FR 67.



Fires
Tellico: Active in Queens Creek on the southwest side and Johnson Cove on the north side. Acreage: 13,676 Containment: 39 percent Start Date: November 3
Boteler Fire (Clay County): They are protecting homes in the area and blasting diseased Eastern Hemlocks within 50ft of trails and roads. They are dry, dead wood standing, fire and falling hazards. The tops get brittle, they can't be removed safely with saws or big equipment.. People have died camping and working under these.
Acreage: 8,695 Containment: 37 percent Start Date: October 25
Dick's Creek smolders on.
Acreage: 728 Containment: 94 percent Start Date: October 23
Knob Fire is being monitored along 64.
Acreage: 1,130 Containment: 94 percent Start Date: November 2
Fires in Patrol Status:
Buck Creek Fire (8 ac.), Falls Fire (NA), Grape Cove Fire (35 ac.), Moses Creek Fire (30 ac.), Jones Gap Fire (115 ac.), Jarrett Knob Fire (NA), Wine Spring Fire (95 ac.), Mulberry Fire (NA), Moss Knob Fire (7 ac.), May Branch Fire (175 ac.), Boardtree Fire (0.5 ac.), Charley Creek Fire (3 ac.), Ridge Gap (2 ac.), Cliffside Fire (101 ac.), and Whitewater Fire (23 ac.)

Party Rock Fire Lake Lure~Is now the second highest priority fire in the nation, with the one in Georgia being the highest, according to Gov. McCrory. Parts of 64 are closed near Chimney Rock. Homes on Roaring Rock Road are being threatened today. The fire is burning day and night because of conditions. Over 1000 have been evacuated. There is a shelter in Hendersonville. The one in Bat closed due to poor air.
Acreage: 3,500 Containment: 15 percent


As of 11/10/2016 Total Fire Ban in Affect for Nantahala and Pisgah Forest. This means no campfires or charcoal fires even in campgrounds and grills. The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Notice:
The National Forests of North Carolina alerted us today that they expect these are human-caused fires, and they are investigating these fires for suspicion of arson. All fires are being investigated. Call the National Forests of North Carolina at 828-257-4200 if you have information about people setting fires or bragging about setting fires. If you see someone starting a fire, call 911.

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Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
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Nantahala and Lake Lure Fires

By: Skyepony, 5:13 AM GMT on November 13, 2016

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Nantahala and Lake Lure Fires

23 major fires are now burning across the Nantahala fire district and even more across Western North Carolina. East Kentucky has larger fires now as well. Conditions are extremely dry and flammable. It is thought many of these were caused by people. One of which has been caught. Johnny Mullins, 21 was charged in Kentucky with second degree arson. He is an aspiring weatherman that enjoyed getting facebook views a little too much.


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/12/2016. Wind has shifted now coming more from the east.

Nantahala Fire map for 11/12/2016

New fires include: Muskrat, Boardtree, Mulberry, Ridgegap and Moss Knob Fires. Maple Springs Fire and Avery Branch are full merged. Ferebee and Tellico are closing in on Nantahala Outdoor Center. The gorge is about half burnt. Boteler fire has also grown.

There is good news coming from the Tellico and ferebee fires. Over 100 structures have been saved so far by burning in front of the fire at just the right time, as to meet the oncoming fire. Photo credit: Boteler and Nantahala Branch Fires.

They are planning on the Tellico and Ferebee fires to merge tomorrow. They have back burnt and done what they can to ready the Nantahala Outdoor Center & surrounding businesses for the fire storm on the way. Once the fires merge it is planned to refer to it as the Tellico fire.

There will be a Community Fire Information Meeting, 2:00pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Southwestern Community College-Swain Center in Bryson City, NC. The US Forest Service will update on the Ferebee and Tellico Fires.

EVACUATIONS
Swain County
· Residents along the following closed roads are under a mandatory evacuation order: Big Dog Road, Gassaway Road, Licklog Road, Long Branch Road, Luther Bingham, Mason Road, Morgan Road, Northern Partridge Road, Silver Mine Road, East Silver Ridge Road, Wesser Creek Road, Wilkes Road.
· Evacuation shelter: Swain County Senior Center is available if needed. Call Swain County Dispatch 828-488-2196 if you need shelter services.
Macon County
· Residents along the following roads are under a mandatory evacuation order: Deweese Road and Partridge Creek Road. Tellico Road is also closed
· Evacuation shelter: Macon County EMS Base, 1096 Junaluska Road, Topton, NC.
Clay County
· Residents along the following roads are under a mandatory evacuation order: Ash Loop Road, Nelson Ridge Road
· Roads are closed and residents are under a mandatory evacuation order in the following area: Cold Branch Road at its junction Nelson Ridge Road south to Highway 64 and then east to Pounding Mill Road. Highway 64 itself remains open.
· Evacuation shelter: Clay County Senior Center, 196 Ritter Road, Hayesville, NC
Nantahala National Forest
· Wesser Creek Trail is closed.
· Chunky Gal Trail is closed.
· Whitewater Falls Trail and portions of Foothills Trail are closed.
· Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser south to Rock Gap Trailhead on Forest Road 67 is closed.
· Standing Indian Campground is open.

Fires
Tellico: Acreage: 9,982 (3,143-acre increase) Containment: 23 percent
Ferebee: Acreage: 2,950 (889-acre increase) Containment: 34 percent
Boteler Fire (Clay County): Structural protection is in order around High Meadow, south along Cold Branch Road to Highway 64, and east to Pounding Mill Road.
Acreage: 8,180 (3,413-acre increase) Containment: 12 percent
Dick's Creek smolders on.
Acreage: 728 (no change) Containment: 90 percent
Knob Fire is being monitored.
Acreage: 1,130 (no change) Containment: 90 percent
Muscat Valley Fire
Acreage: 90 (initial estimate) Containment: 50 percent
Buck Creek Fire (8 ac.), Falls Fire (NA), Grape Cove Fire (35 ac.), Moses Creek Fire (30 ac.), Jones Gap Fire (115 ac.), Jarrett Knob Fire (NA), Wine Spring Fire (95 ac.), Mulberry Fire (NA), Moss Knob Fire (7 ac.), May Branch Fire (175 ac.), Boardtree Fire (0.5 ac.), Charley Creek Fire (3 ac.), Ridge Gap (2 ac.), Cliffside Fire (101 ac.), and Whitewater Fire (23 ac.)
Party Rock Fire Lake Lure~The North side is the most active. So far no structures have been lost in this fire,
Acreage: 2,883 Containment: 15 percent
Voluntary evacuation were ordered for the communities located on Shumont Road, Bald Mountain Road, Old Apple Wagon Road, Little Mountain Road, Frog Pond Way, Bucks Walk, Deer Run, Fawns Rest, and Gates Drive. Buncombe County emergency managers are working on shelter arrangements at this time.



As of 11/10/2016 Total Fire Ban in Affect for Nantahala and Pisgah Forest. This means no campfires or charcoal fires even in campgrounds and grills. The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Large Fires across the Southeast 11/12/2016 9am EST. Click pic to view current interactive map.

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Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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WNC Fires: Lake Lure Added to Evacuations

By: Skyepony, 5:57 AM GMT on November 11, 2016

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Western North Carolina Fires Continue: Georgia Gets Smokey

565 firefighters from 40 states and territories are battling 18 wildfires in Western North Carolina. Thursday the wind was down a little, gusting to 15mph on ridges. The humidity was lower allowing extreme fire behavior to continue. Friday the wind is forecast slightly higher with the humidity dropping to around the same 25% as it did Thursday afternoon. Most likely the fire weather for Friday will be critical.


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/10/2016. Clouds cleared, the wind shifted blanketing North Georgia in smoke. The Atlanta skyline was nearly obscured at times. Picture credit:WXIA


The newest evacuations were for residences along Gassaway Rd., Wesser Creek Rd., De Wessse Rd., Northern Partridge Rd., Big Dog Rd., Long Branch Rd. and Licklog Rd. This is the north edge of the Tellico Fire. It is spreading onto Wesser from the south as the Ferebee Fire threatens from the west. Firefighters are preparing to protect structures along those roads and around Tellico Trout Farm. This area is a popular whitewater/outdoor area that the Appalachian Trail Passes through. Nantahala Outdoor Center is was offering shelter to local evacuees. Now they are closed to the public & have moved the evacuees elsewhere as the fire approaches. Rolling Thunder River Company is currently in the path. They say, "It's a dangerous time in the mountains of the Nantahala Gorge right now." Here is a pic from their Facebook page, taken by Charles Carter.

Tellico: Acreage: 6,839 Containment: 10% Closures: Appalachian Trail is closed from the Nantahala River to Burningtown Gap. Wesser Creek Trail is closed.
Ferebee: Evacuations are underway. The major objective is to protect structures around Silver Mine Road, Camp Branch Road, and Queens Lake Communities.
Acreage: 2,061 Containment: 15%

Boteler fire: The battle to save structures was successful. Wind is still testing their fire lines.
Acreage: 4,767 Containment: 10 % Closures: Chunky Gal Trail

Dick's Creek is better contained though falling leaves sparked another re-burn in the middle of it.
Acreage: 728 Containment: 80%

Knob Fire: Much progress was made on this fire. Crews will monitor Highway 64 for smoke and traffic hazards as the fire progresses.
Acreage: 1,130 Containment: 50% Closures: Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser, south to Rock Gap. Old 64 Murphy Road closed from its west junction of US 64 to Forest Service Road 67 leading to Standing Indian Campground. Rock Gap may be accessed from the south by going through Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Standing Indian Campground is OPEN.

Whitewater Fire: The trail system was damaged..
Acreage: 23 Containment: 0% Closures: Trail is closed to the falls.

Cliffside Fire is nearly contained..mop up continues.
Acreage: 101 Containment: 95%

Party Rock Fire: Crews are using helicopters and the water from Lake Lure to protect the community. More evacuations were issued 11/11/2016..
-There is a mandatory evacuation of Chimney Rock Village from the intersection of Boys Camp Road and Highway 74 to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.
-There is a mandatory evacuation for those residents and business owners located on Boys Camp Road, from the Highway 74 intersection to the end of Boys Camp Road.
-There is a mandatory evacuation for residents and business owners located on South Side Drive from the Flowering Bridge west to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.
-There is a mandatory evacuation for residents from Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74 to the county line.



May Branch, Avey Branch, Buck Creek Grape Cove, Jarrett Knob, Jones Gap, Maple Springs, Mulberry, Moss Knob, Moses Creek, Wine Springs, and Charlies Creek- Firefighters are continuing to monitor and mop up around these fires.





As of 11/10/2016 Total Fire Ban in Affect for Nantahala and Pisgah Forest. This means no campfires or charcoal fires even in campgrounds and grills. The use of commercially available portable lanterns, stoves, or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Large Fires across the Southeast 11/12/2016 9am EST. Click pic to view current interactive map.

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South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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WNC Fires Continue: Evacuations Underway

By: Skyepony, 6:41 AM GMT on November 10, 2016

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Western North Carolina Fires Continue: Evacuations Underway

549 firefighters are battling wildfires in Western North Carolina with more on the way. Wednesday should have been the windiest for the week after the front passed. Overall, favorable fire weather continues. New fires sparked up, some of the established fires grew and "very active fire behavior" was observed. Additional crews are coming from across the country. There is now 19 active wildfires in the area.


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/09/2016. The wind has shifted blowing the smoke South-southeast. Air quality alerts are being issued by NWS as needed, many areas are reporting smoke..

Boteler Fire Evacuations
Due to increased growth and smoke from the Boteler Fire, mandatory evacuations have been issued for the following locations in Hayesville, North Carolina: Affected roads are Cedar Cliff Road, Pounding Mill Road and Pounding Mill Loop.
Nelson Ridge Road and Cold Branch Road from Nelson Ridge Road intersection south to Cold Branch Drive.
Clay County uses the CodeRED Emergency Notification System, a telephone service for emergency notifications. For information on how to sign up, visithttp://www.clayhdnc.us/Code%20Red.html

Boteler Fire Evacuations- Swain County has enacted a mandatory evacuation for all of Taylor Road and for the portion of Silver Mine Road south of the Taylor Road Intersection. A shelter is being set up.

Evacuations Near Franklin– in Macon County. Evacuation notice has been issued to those in immediate danger from the fire in the Queens Creek area of Nantahala. Those affected by the evacuation notice in the Partridge Creek and Deweese Road area of Nantahala have been contacted, CodeRed alerts have been sent out and arrangements for shelter have been made through the Macon County Emergency Management Director, Warren Cabe.

Lake Lure Area (11/08/2016) Party Rock Fire Evacuation Enacted
Limited evacuations in the Quail Ridge area and Huntington Road areas of Rumbling Bald Resort. Affected Roads are: Blue Bird Rd, Raptor Ct, Bold Rd, Bold Ct, Knob Ln, Bald Mtn Crescent, Glade Ct, Swallow Ln, Big Rock Ln, Cardinal Rd, Crow Rd, Ravenwoods Ct, Hummingbird Ct., Thrush Ct, Highlands Rd. For more information, contact PIO Victoria Tillotson, NC Forest Service 919-500-8757 Victoria.Tillotson@ncagr.gov


Left is the Ferebee Wildfire which has burned over 1132 acres up to Highway 74 which borders the Nantahala River. Lower right is the Tellico Fire. This fire has burned at least 3417 acres and has closed the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Nantahala River to Burningtown Gap. Here is a picture of the AT Closed.. Wesser Creek Trail is also closed. Here is more on this fire. Both of these fires doubled in size on Wednesday. Firefighters are now using helecopters to dampen these wildfires. Ferebee fire remains 0% contained. Tellico Fire is 25% contained.

The Maple Springs Fire/Old Roughy Fire and the Avery Creek Fire is expected to merge soon. There will be a public meeting concerning the Maple Springs and Old Roughy Fires at the Robbinsville High School Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.on Thursday, Novmber 10. The high school is located at 301 Sweetwater Road. It will also be streamed live here.



Other fire closures include:

Boteler Fire, Boteler Peak near Hayesville has closed Chunky Gal Trail.

The Cliffside fire located 3 miles west of Highlands has closed the Cliffside Day Use Recreation Area.

Jones Gap fire, northwest of Highlands may still have Bartram Trail, from Hickory Knoll Road to State Highway 106 closed.

Knob fire, southwest of Franklin in the Nantahala Mountains is atleast 664 acres burnt. Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser, south to Rock Gap the Standing Indian Campground is closed. Old 64 Murphy Road closed from its west junction of US 64 to Forest Service Road 67 leading to Standing Indian Campground. Rock Gap may be accessed from the south by going through Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Standing Indian Campground is OPEN.

Wine Spring fire is 15 miles west of Franklin above Dirty John Shooting Range has closed Bartram Trail between Wine Springs Bald and Nantahala Lake.

Whitewater fire has grown and now closed the trail to the falls.



All of Nantahala, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests are under fire restrictions. No open campfires are allowed unless they are in a steel fire ring at a designated paid campground. No charcoal fires. Portable camp-stoves, lanterns and heating equipment with gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Through hikers like charliea980 are taking refuge at Nantahala Outdoor Center.
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Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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WNC Fires Continue: Evacuations Begin

By: Skyepony, 5:35 AM GMT on November 09, 2016

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Western North Carolina Fires Continue: Evacuations Begin


Captured this blended satellite shot from NASA Worldview on 11/07/2016.


Several wildfires continue to burn in the Nantahala Forest District with a few others near Cherokee, Lake Lure and in Northern Georgia. Air Quality Alerts are being issued for much of Western North Carolina as needed. Here is a photo showing smoke blanketing the valleys.

Lake Lure Area (11/08/2016) Party Rock Fire Evacuation Enacted

Under the jurisdiction of the Lake Lure Fire Department, in consultation with the NC Forest Service, the evacuation process has been initiated with limited evacuations in the Quail Ridge area and Huntington Road areas of Rumbling Bald Resort. Emergency personnel are now going to these areas door to door to evacuate residents. If contacted, please be ready to vacate your home immediately. This evacuation order will impact between 25-35 homes.

Affected Roads are:

Blue Bird Rd, Raptor Ct, Bold Rd, Bold Ct, Knob Ln, Bald Mtn Crescent, Glade Ct, Swallow Ln, Big Rock Ln, Cardinal Rd, Crow Rd, Ravenwoods Ct, Hummingbird Ct., Thrush Ct, Highlands Rd.

Temporary housing for evacuees will be arranged through Rumbling Bald Resort by calling 828.694.3046.

For more information, contact PIO Victoria Tillotson, NC Forest Service 919-500-8757 Victoria.Tillotson@ncagr.gov



Left is the Ferebee Wildfire which has burned over 545 acres up to Highway 74 which borders the Nantahala River. Lower right is the Tellico Fire. This fire has burned at least 1855 acres and has closed the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Nantahala River to Burningtown Gap. Here is a picture of the AT Closed.. Wesser Creek Trail is also closed.


Dick's Creek fire is northwest of Sylva on private land in the forest and is 80% contained.

Other fire closures include:

The Cliffside fire located 3 miles west of Highlands has closed the Cliffside Day Use Recreation Area.

Jones Gap fire, northwest of Highlands may still have Bartram Trail, from Hickory Knoll Road to State Highway 106 closed.

Knob fire, southwest of Franklin in the Nantahala Mountains is atleast 664 acres burnt. Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser, south to Rock Gap the Standing Indian Campground is closed. Old 64 Murphy Road closed from its west junction of US 64 to Forest Service Road 67 leading to Standing Indian Campground. Rock Gap may be accessed from the south by going through Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Standing Indian Campground is OPEN.

Moss Knob fire southwest of Cullowhee has the Moss Knob Shooting Range closed.

Wine Spring fire is 15 miles west of Franklin above Dirty John Shooting Range has closed Bartram Trail between Wine Springs Bald and Nantahala Lake.

Whitewater fire has grown and now closed the trail to the falls.



All of Nantahala, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests are under fire restrictions. No open campfires are allowed unless they are in a steel fire ring at a designated paid campground. No charcoal fires. Portable camp-stoves, lanterns and heating equipment with gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed.

Burning Ban for Western North Carolina
The N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Western North Carolina as of 11/07/2016: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Through hikers like charliea980 are taking refuge at Nantahala Outdoor Center.
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North FL beets, Broccoli, cabbage, Carrots, kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, onions, radish. Last month to plant~ spinach, strawberry & collards.

Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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Nantahala Fires

By: Skyepony, 2:24 AM GMT on November 07, 2016

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Nantahala National Forest Fires

Several fires are currently burning in the Tusquitee and Nantahala River Districts in the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina. There is five larger fires, some structures are threatened or being assessed. There are road and trail closings, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. The Dick's Creek fire was described by Brian Browning, an assistant fire management officer with the Nantahala River District as the most extreme fire behavior he had ever witnessed in hardwood timber. He said it became a "running crown fire" which is not common to the area. This is being described as a historic fire season for the area by the USDA Forest Service.

Nov 6th, 2016 Emergency Updated Closures included:

Area(s): Appalachian Trail #1-02, Bartram Trail TR67, Appalachian TR1, Moss Knob Shooting Range, Standing Indian Campground, Wesser Creek TR26, Whitewater Falls, Whitewater Falls TR 7

The Appalachian Trail is now closed from Rock Gap to the Nantahala River. Old 64 Murphy Road closed from its west junction of US 64 to Forest Service Road 67 leading to Standing Indian Campground. Rock Gap may be accessed from Old 64 Murphy Road past Standing Indian. Standing Indian Campground is OPEN.

Wesser Creek Trail is closed.

Moss Knob Shooting Range is closed.

Cliffside Day Use Area closed for the season.

Bartram Trail, from Hickory Knoll Road to State Highway 106, will remain closed through this weekend due to mop up operations and potential hazard assessments.

Bartram Trail is closed between Wine Springs Bald and Nantahala Lake.

Whitewater Falls is closed.




All of Nantahala, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests are under fire restrictions. No open campfires are allowed unless they are in a steel fire ring at a designated paid campground. No charcoal fires. Portable camp-stoves, lanterns and heating equipment with gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed.

Through hikers like charliea980 are taking refuge at Nantahala Outdoor Center.
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Plant in November
North FL beets, Broccoli, cabbage, Carrots, kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, onions, radish. Last month to plant~ spinach, strawberry & collards.

Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant everything. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.
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Erosion After Matthew / Garden Tour

By: Skyepony, 4:24 AM GMT on November 02, 2016

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Erosion After-Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew approached he was forecast to over-wash 24% of the Florida Atlantic coast. This was based on the worst case scenario, maximum wave potential plus maximum surge.

Scientists on the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards storm team have begun the assessment of how much sand, beach and property Matthew took. They are focusing on low altitude photos from before and after the storm.

Matthew ended up over-washing and compromising 15% (52 miles) of Florida's East Coast, 30% (32 miles) along Georgia's east coast and 42% (77 miles) of South Carolina's coast. Photos are still being review of North Carolina where extensive flooding was also caused by rain.

More data is also being gathered by airborne lidar, a technology that maps the elevation of the sand and structures.

More can be found at this USGS article including more before and after pictures here.

Photo included here is from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents eroded beach and dunes creating a break in the dune and allowing sand to overwash into the backshore. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos

Here is NOAA's aerial pics gathered from after Matthew. This is an excellent resource to use to check on a property post storm from above. These include some of the inland flooding. The condo I blogged about earlier this summer looks to have came through okay, like the seawall did it's job. The neighbors may have lost a little more sand. Below is I-95 near Pembroke, NC. Credit: NOAA.




Hurricane Matthew - Severe Beach Erosion - South Ponte Verda Beach, Florida
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Garden

In November the planting frenzy continues for all the state of Florida, heaviest for South FL planting some summer & most winter varieties still. Harvest should be picking up too with a mix of some early winter & late summer. It's a good month for local diverse veggie eating. It's time to turn compost into your garden, improve soil & throw seed to the ground. Don't forget to rotate your crops, for example..legumes (beans/peas), followed by heavy eaters like corn/tomatoes, then root crops & leafy greens. Surround with herbs & flowers when possible. Below is what each part of Florida should plant from seed this month.

North FL beets, Broccoli, cabbage, Carrots, kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, onions, radish. Last month to plant~ spinach, strawberry & collards.

Central FL beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, english peas, radish. Last month to plant spinach, strawberry & turnips.

South FL all beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, corn, cucumber, Kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions, all peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, tomato, turnips. Last month to plant strawberry.

November
1-2 Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
3-5 plant aboveground crops. Cut, mow, dig, advertise, clean, vacation for pleasure.
6-7 Harvest, kill pests, mow, clean, party.
8-9 Plant above ground crops and vines. Good day to reset strawberries.
10-11 Harvest and bake. Kill pests
12-13 Plant above ground crops. Shop for clothes & household goods.
14-15 Quit smoking, kill things, change habits, host a party, buy big items.

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