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  • Monday update on several fires burning on the Nantahala National Forest

    Nantahala National Forest Wildfire Summary - Monday Oct 31

    Boteler Peak Fire: Started October 25 on Boteler Peak west of Chunky Gal Mountain near Murphy.  Additional ground crews arrived today to assist with firefighting efforts. Helicopters have been the primary source of suppression due to fire location. Steep, rough, rocky terrain with no road or trail nearby has hampered access. The fire area grew over the weekend from 2 acres to an estimated 225 acres as unseasonably warm, dry conditions continue. Additional boots on the ground will assist fire personnel in planning and establishing containment lines.

    Jones Gap Fire: Started October 29 near Bartram Trail, northwest of Highlands.  Containment lines are still being secured. Smoke could be visible today with burnout operations.