Firefighters make progress containing wildfires
The Camp Daniel Boone Fire is estimated at 72 acres and 65% contained. The fire started on private property off Little East Fork Road and is now burning in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. Firefighters completed containment lines yesterday. Ten U.S. Forest Service firefighters are on scene today to monitor the fire. Structures associated with the Camp Daniel Boone facility were initially threatened, but thanks to a rapid response by the North Carolina Forest Service, including use of state air tankers for water drops, those structures are secure and no longer at risk and fire growth was minimized. The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire and hiking to Deep Gap or the peak of Cold Mountain is discouraged.