Table Rock fire remains 40% contained

Table Rock fire remains 40% contained

Table Rock fire remains 40% contained

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 3:49 PM

MORGANTON, N.C. -- Fire crews continue to battle the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge.

The Forestry Service says firefighters are making progress on the containment lines, and recent rains have helped to slow the progression of the blaze.

Officials say they have concerns over a section along the southern fire flank, where there exists an uncontained line.

Tuesday, the Forestry Service says their strategy is to monitor fire progression, and work to ensure resources are in place if the fire moves south.

(Click here to view user-submitted photos of the fire)

Infrared aerial photos will be taken Tuesday morning to locate hot spots along the firelines.

High winds and a higher temperature contributed to the drying of fuels, which could be a fire hazard in coming days.

The North Carolina Forest Service is working with land owners in the area on how to improve "defensible space" between firelines and structures.

As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire has consumed 2,275 acres, and remains at 40-percent contained.

Officials say no new structures are threatened, and no injuries or accidents have been reported.

The Forestry Service says there are 193 fire personnel working around the clock to bring the Table Rock fire under control.

Deborah Walker of the U.S. Forest Service said firefighters don't expect to have the fire fully contained until Friday, at the earliest.

On Monday, authorities identified a "vehicle of interest", saying they'd like to speak to a person who was driving a full-size, white pickup truck, who visited the Table Rock Picnic Area last Monday, Veterans Day.

Fire investigators say there was a large group of people using the picnic area, and believe that's where the wildfire began.

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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