MURPHY, N.C. - The U.S. Forest Service Tusquitee Ranger District will seasonally close certain roads from Jan. 2 to April 1, 2014. During this period, the roads are susceptible to freezing and thawing, and they become very soft and easily damaged by traffic.
The following roads will close during this period: Beech Creek (#307), Cherokee Lake (#313), Perry Gap (#350), Nelson Ridge (#351), Bearpaw (#435), Derreberry Gap (#6148), Persimmon Creek (#651), Deep Gap (#71), and Panther Gap (#85A).
FRANKLIN, N.C. - The U.S. Forest Service Nantahala Ranger District will seasonally close certain roads from Jan. 2 to April 1, 2014. During this period, the roads are susceptible to freezing and thawing, and they become very soft and easily damaged by traffic.
FRANKLIN, N.C. – The Moss Knob Shooting Range, located in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, will reopen in spring 2014 following improvements.
The improvements will include building a new access road to the shooting range from behind the shooting line and constructing a new earthen backstop for each shooting line. The work also will include drain work, as well as filling and leveling along the firing line. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Rifle Association are partners in the project.
Repairs were scheduled to be completed this fall. However, logistical challenges with the project have delayed reopening of the range.
For more information on the closing and improvements, contact Thomas Saylors, recreation staff officer of the Nantahala Ranger District, at 828-524-6441 ext. 424.
Due to successful firefighting efforts and wet weather, the Table Rock Fire is approaching full containment. Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, command of the fire will transfer from the Southern Area Type 2 Team back to the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest.
All US Forest Service roads and trails under the Forest Closure Order are now open, including Table Rock Picnic Area. Today is opening day of rifle deer season. The weather forecast predicts below freezing temperatures. Hunters and others using the Linville Gorge area are reminded to use standard safety measures with campfires. Make sure campfires are “dead out” before leaving them.
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Suppression efforts continued on Saturday November 23. As a result of previous operations and weather, low fire or smoke activity was present. Mop-up and rehabilitation work have been completed at the Outward Bound Center and the Table Rock Picnic area. The area remains closed to the public. Efforts will continue on the rehabilitation of the other sections of the fire line. More>>>>>
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – The November 12, 2013 Forest Closure Order for sections of the Linville Gorge will be lifted at midnight on Sunday night, November 24, 2013. The gorge was closed to the public due to the Table Rock wildfire. Rifle deer season begins Monday morning; the gorge will be open for hunter access. The National Forests in North Carolina made the announcement today as firefighters wrap up work on the Table Rock wildfire. More >>>>>
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Patrols of the fire perimeter found very low fire or smoke activity. As a result firefighters will continue mop-up and rehabilitation efforts today, in advance of changing weather conditions. With an expected increase in wind speed, fire crews will be scouting for and removing hazard trees. To reduce the chance of erosion, firefighters will continue rehabilitation by building water bars along dozer lines. Hand crews will be doing similar work in the Linville Gorge Wilderness and areas inaccessible to dozers. Fire lines will be reseeded to reduce the chance for erosion. More >>>>>
Firefighters began rehabilitation efforts today on sections of the fire that are considered controlled. This includes reseeding and using bulldozers outside the wilderness area to build water bars to reduce the chance of erosion. Hand crews will also be doing similar work in areas inaccessible to dozers.