Mountains still burning
Thu, 11/10/2016 - 9:04am
Fires involve 13 states, 549 firefighters
“Thirteen states are on fire.” Those were the words of US Forest Service Incident Commander Steve Parrish at a Sunday morning briefing for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and other officials. “All 13 Southeast states are experiencing high fire danger and drought conditions since spring,” he explained. “Seventeen fires are burning in western North Carolina, but it’s not just western North Carolina. Its all the way down into Georgia. Our resources are stretched very thin.”
Because of the number of fires, the Southern Area Red Team set up a central command center in Hayesville on Thursday, Nov. 3. By Tuesday afternoon, 549 firefighters and support staff were fighting to contain 18 fires throughout western North Carolina. Parrish and Red Team Operations Section Chief Stephen Weaver explained fire specifics and firefighting attack plans;
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