Authorities say fire near Grandfather Mountain is 80% contained


NEBO, NC (WNCT) – Officials fighting the wildfire that broke out near Grandfather Mountain say the blaze is now 80% under control.

Officials released new details of the Lost Cove blaze on Saturday, saying rain and wet conditions helped fight the blaze. which burned approximately 1,000 acres.

“The fire has burned to the containment lines throughout much of the fire area, and only minimal indoor hot spots remain where large downed trees continue to burn,” officials said in a statement. press Saturday.

“Firefighters continue to monitor the blaze throughout the weekend. The public can expect to see a small amount of smoke inside the fire area, especially in the afternoon, as warm temperatures dry out the fuels. At this time, there are no concerns about the fire escaping from the containment zone. This will be the last operational update for the Lost Cove Fire.

The fire started on Christmas Eve and burned in the Wilson Creek area in the US Forest Service’s Grandfather Ranger District in Avery County. Officials said in the press release that the blaze started in a remote part of the Lost Cove Wilderness study area, near Bee Mountain. Firefighters rushed to protect six homes in the Roseboro community. No buildings were damaged or destroyed, firefighters said.

“Much of the 1,000-acre fire zone burned with low intensity, removing leaf litter and combustibles and minimizing loss of top story trees,” officials said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More details about the fire can be found on the North Carolina National Forest Facebook page.


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