FRANKLIN, NC, October 25, 2016 - The Dicks Creek Fire burning on the Nantahala National Forest and private land near Sylva, NC, is now 60 percent contained at 374 acres.
The fire is located to the southeast of Dicks Creek Road. All hand and dozer lines have been constructed. Firefighters are engaged in holding and burnout operations. Local fire departments are on scene to provide protection to homes and other structures along Dicks Creek.
Dicks Creek Road is open only to local residents. Others are asked to stay away from the area for firefighter and public safety.
Smoke is visible on US 74 near Sylva. Smoke is expected to settle in to the valley as temperatures drop in the evenings.
The fire was discovered on Sunday morning; the cause is under investigation but is believed to be human caused.