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  • Progress photo by Joe Davenport
    From Shooting Creek looking northwest toward Franklin, the smoke plumes show the numerous places where the fires are burning in the area known as Boteler Peak near Chunky Gal.

Mountain ablaze

Local residents are urged to take precautions and be aware of high fire danger as extremely hot drought conditions persist and blazes continue to burn throughout several local areas, most notably west of Chunky Gal Mountain.
The fire on Boteler Peak west of Chunky Gal broke out a week ago and grew over the weekend from 2 to about 380 acres. The U.S. Forest Service is working to contain this fire and keep it from spreading. 
 The service was bringing in a Type 1 Overhead Team to work the fire. A retired USFS worker told the Cherokee Scout there had never been a Type 1 Team assigned to the Tusquittee Ranger District and that it would be headquartered in Hayesville. 
Residents of several areas have been advised to be extremely observant for the spread of this fire and to take precautions for their personal safety, their homes and property. However, they have been asked to refrain from tying up telephone lines to emergency and fire personnel unless they have an actual emergency.
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Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
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