2016 Chestnut Fire News Portal

​Please check this page for updates on the 2016 Chestnut Fire and other local surrounding areas.
Photo by Mark Steven Houser

 Fire Updates



Burke County Wildfire Shelter Informationhttp://www.burkenc.org/2016chestnutknobfire/Burke County Wildfire Shelter InformationBurke County Wildfire Shelter Information<p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>​If you are in need of shelter due to the effects of the Burke County wildfires please call (828) 764-7146. Shelter openings depend on need and open at the direction of the Burke County Emergency Response Leadership Team along with the Red Cross. The shelter and it's staff are ready and prepared to assist even when placed on standby status. This number is for shelter needs only.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>
Community Information Meetinghttp://www.burkenc.org/2016chestnutknobfire/Community Information MeetingCommunity Information Meeting<p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span>The Florida "Green" Incident Management Team will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016, for the communities affected by the Chestnut Knob Fire burning in South Mountains State Park. This meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Enola Fire Department located at 2510 Enola Road in Morganton, North Carolina. The community is encouraged to attend to receive information and ask questions. <span aria-hidden="true">The meeting will be recorded and posted to the Burke County Youtube page for residents who cannot attend. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BurkeCountyNC"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">https://www.youtube.com/user/BurkeCountyNC</font></span></a></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>
11/16 Chestnut Knob Fire Updatehttp://www.burkenc.org/2016chestnutknobfire/11/16 Chestnut Knob Fire Update11/16 Chestnut Knob Fire Update<ul><li>Fire coverage is currently estimated at 5,689 acres in steep terrain with an estimated containment of 30%.</li></ul><ul><li>Air support was utilized again today with water and retardant drops.</li></ul><ul><li>Additional resources have been ordered to support suppression efforts and are arriving daily. Day and night shift crews are continuing burn-out operations, mop up, and patrolling the fire lines.</li></ul><ul><li>A community meeting is schedule for Thursday, November 17th at 7 p.m. at the Enola Fire Department and will be recorded and posted to the Burke County website and social media pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Firefighters would like to thank the community for their overwhelming generosity with countless donations of water, gatorade, snacks and other useful items. Thank you cards are also appreciated. </li></ul><ul><li>Active resources on the fire are up to 214 personnel, 24 engines and 4 dozers. </li></ul>
Chestnut Knob Firefighter Donation Planhttp://www.burkenc.org/2016chestnutknobfire/Chestnut Knob Firefighter Donation PlanChestnut Knob Firefighter Donation Plan<p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Due to the overwhelming community support our County staff and firefighting personnel have received, we ask that donations be limited to ONLY the following items at this time:</p><ul><li>beef jerky</li><li>wool caps/toboggans</li><li>bandanas</li><li>protein bars</li><li>breakfast bars</li><li>bottled water (16 oz.)</li><li>Gatorade (12 or 16 oz.)</li><li>socks</li><li>travel size hand wipes</li><li>travel size hand lotion</li><li>travel size Gold Bond foot powder</li><li>handwarmer gloves</li></ul><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>For</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">more in</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;">formation</span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">contact:</span><p>Fire Information Hotline, #: 828-764-9380 or  Chestnutknobfire@gmail.com<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>
Chestnut Knob Firehttp://www.burkenc.org/2016chestnutknobfire/Chestnut Knob FireChestnut Knob Fire<p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>The Chestnut Knob Fire was discovered on South Mountains State Park on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  The cause of this fire is undetermined and currently under investigation.</p><p>The North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina State Parks, and the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office and Emergency Management assembled crews to work on containing the fire. Due to extremely dry conditions and rugged terrain, the fire has grown significantly and is currently estimated to be 1961 acres.</p>

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