Red Mountain Fire Final Update, Monday, November 18, 2013, 8 A.M.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2013
The fire is in the southwestern portion of the Dugger Mountain Wilderness on the Talladega National Forest in Calhoun and Cleburne Counties Alabama. It is about 5 miles south of Piedmont, Alabama.
The fire is 100% contained. There will still be some work (mop-up) to put out all heat sources (burning stumps, logs, etc.) near the fire edge. Later the fireline will be returned to as natural state as possible but this cannot be done until fire near the line is out completely.
The cause appears to be a campfire that was not completely extinguished.
Resources on the Fire
Approximately 43 firefighters and support staff, including 1 helicopter, 1 fire engine, and 1 bulldozer. This is down from a peak of about 60 and will be reduced further as mop –up and erosion control is accomplished.
The Pinhoti Trail is closed within the wilderness boundary. Hikers can reroute onto Forest Service Road 500 and County Road 55.
Objectives are firefighter and public safety, keep the fire within the wilderness, protect wilderness values, and protect private land and structures adjacent to the wilderness. All these objectives have thus far been fully met. The primary task today is to extinguish any fire that is a threat to the control line.
A drying and windy trend is predicted. This should help in detecting any burning and smoldering debris within the fire perimeter.
General Fire Information
Suppression repair consists of returning the land to appear as close as possible to the way it looked before work on controlling the fire began and to prevent soil erosion. Some of these repair practices include (1) use of water bars or downed woody material to prevent water from washing away soil, and (2) scattering leaves and other materials to obliterate firelines.
Smoke from large logs and stumps from within the fire containment lines may continue to be visible for several more days.
People driving along Rabbittown Road/County Road 55 are urged to use caution due to firefighter traffic and potential smoke on the road especially at night.