MORGANTON, N.C. – Firefights made more progress on the Table Rock Fire in Burke County at the start of the weekend. The U.S. Forest Service now says it’s at 70 percent containment and the amount of burned land has not grown from 2,579 acres.
More than 200 firefighters are battling the flames in the Linville Gorge Wilderness, which sparked on Nov. 12.
Firefighters began moving out of areas they’ve already controlled on Friday. As of Saturday, they are continuing with rehabilitation efforts before any change in weather conditions. Crews also hope to remove more fuels, including hazard trees. The Forest Service says the burnout operation conducted this was successful. Fuels from a 100-acre block have been mostly removed, reducing the chances of the fire spreading south and west. Firefighters will continue monitoring for hotspots.
Officials say no new structures are threatened, and no injuries or accidents have been reported.
Authorities have identified a person of interest. 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.
Visibility is still limited around the fire. Hunters headed out for the opening day of rifle deer season Monday should be mindful of closures, as well as drivers.
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