Forestry Service IDs 'vehicle of interest' in Table Rock fire

Forestry Service IDs 'vehicle of interest' in Table Rock fire

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 9:17 PM

MORGANTON, N.C. -- Firefighters are now into the second week of trying to contain the Table Rock wildfire in the Pisgah National Forest, just outside of Morganton.

For the first time, fire investigators zeroed-in on a vehicle they are looking for in connection with how the fire started last Monday.

It was Veterans Day, and investigators say there was a large group of people using the Table Rock Picnic Area where they believe the fire started.

Deborah Walker of the U.S. Forest Service said, "We're looking for a full size, white pickup truck-- someone who might have information.  We know that truck was in that area."

Reporters and photographers were escorted into an area for the first time Monday to see where the fire had been burning.

Firefighter Ricardo Knight was still pouring water on some hot spots to prevent the blaze from starting back up.

He said the rain over the weekend was just not sufficient to put the fire out.

"It was a light rain. We probably didn't even get a tenth of an inch," he said as he worked to put out some smoldering wood.

The Forest Service says the fire has now consumed some 2,200 acres and is still only 40-percent contained.

Walker said firefighters don't expect to have the fire fully contained until Friday, at the earliest.

Anyone with information that can help investigators has been asked to call Officer Jason Crisp at 828-442-2470.  A reward may be offered by the Forestry Service.

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