Some lingering hot spots remain within the perimeter of the Party Rock Fire and today’s challenge will be to find any that are close to containment lines and make sure they are out cold.
The falling leaves that are continuing to cover up both the hot spots and containment lines complicate that challenge.
Fire fighters will patrol, re-clear the lines where needed and “grid” the fire perimeter. Gridding is a methodical process of making sure every piece of ground along the perimeter is free of active fire.
Smoke in the area this morning is from other fires, not the Party Rock Fire.
A Type 1 Incident Management Team from the Oregon Department of Forestry assumed command of the Party Rock Fire at 7:00 a.m. this morning. During the morning briefing, team members praised the work of the North Carolina Forest Service and the many cooperating agencies that have worked the fire so far. Containment is now 54%, and due to the successful work of the past week, many resources have been released and each day more are going home or to other fires.
Incoming Incident Commander Link Smith says the Oregon team is pleased to have the opportunity help out in North Carolina. “We’ve had a ton of help from North Carolina come to Oregon during the fire seasons of 2013, 2014 and 2015,” says Smith, “and it’s an honor to be here to serve and to start to repay what so many have done for the people of Oregon.”
It is about 20 miles south of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek.
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