Red Mountain Fire Update, Sunday, November 17, 2013 8 A.M.

Release Date: Nov 17, 2013  

Location

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.

Estimated Size

 Currently 536 acres, potential final size based on projected control lines is 566 acres.

Containment

All control lines are established but must be patrolled and maintained due to leaf fall. Mop-up (extinguishing heat sources) near the fireline is ongoing.  Containment percentage is estimated as 75% and full containment is expected by 5 p. m. today.

Fire Cause

The cause appears to be a campfire that was not completely extinguished.

Resources on the Fire

Approximately 60 firefighters and support staff, including 1 helicopter, 1 fire engine, and 2 bulldozers.  Some resources will no longer be needed after today.

Closures

The Pinhoti Trail is closed within the wilderness boundary. Hikers can reroute onto Forest Service Road 500 and County Road 55.

Objectives

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.  The primary task today is to extinguish any fire that is a threat to the control line.

Fire Weather

Rain is predicted for today.  This will aid in control and mop-up.

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.  
  • Repair on interior lines was completed yesterday. Remaining repair work will be completed as weather and fire conditions allow.
  • 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.