In North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, more than 20 wildfires have burned more than 17,000 acres and all of them are "being investigated for suspected arson", federal forestry officials have said.
More than 30 large wildfires have left a trail of destruction through 80,000 acres in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, according to the US Forest Service. The Chestnut Knob Fire at South Mountains State Park remained at about 3,200 acres on Monday, and fire crews continued work to maintain containment lines within the park and just outside the park's northern boundary.
The Party Rock Fire grew in intensity and mandatory evacuations of about 1,000 people were ordered for part of Chimney Rock in Rutherford County near Lake Lure, joining mandatory orders in five other North Carolina counties.
1,600 firefighters continue to battle wildfires throughout western North Carolina.
"The Forest Service and fire team have done a tremendous job with tactics to ensure that no homes or businesses have been burned during this wildfire", Irving said.
It is, by far, the largest of dozens of wildfires state, local and federal authorities have had to fight in recent weeks in a bone-dry Georgia. He said that the state could be dealing with wildfire issues through the winter and into spring and urged patience. "It is imperative that we use all of the resources at our disposal to handle this serious and risky situation in western North Carolina".
The Tellico Fire is now at 13,676 acres with 39 percent of the fire being contained. More than 460 personnel lead by the Forest Service have been working on this fire.
Firefighters used bulldozers to create a fireline Sunday from the south end of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire along Big Bottom Road to the northeast toward the Table Rock Reservoir, the SCFC said. The fire has burned about 550 acres in very hard terrain and is about 40 percent contained. "We've been able to get control over some of the smaller fires".
The state of Alabama is now under a "Drought Emergency" - 46 of the 67 counties have been under the declaration since October 12.
"Those backfires were principally set well within the boundaries of the park near the southwestern edge of the fire", which is located near the center of the park near its backpacking and camp sites, said Peek.
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