Harmon Den fire still active
U.S. Forest Service firefighters continue to fight a small wildfire in the Harmon Den area of the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.
The wildfire, reported late Wednesday afternoon, is 60 acres in size. Containment lines have been established and back-burning operations were completed. Today, firefighters will continue monitoring and improving containment lines. Minimal smoke is expected today. No structures are threatened, and no injuries are reported. The Forest Service is investigating the cause of the wildfire.
Nearly 30 firefighters and other personnel are working to suppress the wildfire. Resources include the Asheville Hotshots firefighters and five firefighters from Tennessee, several local engines, and a Forest Service helicopter from Georgia.
The Max Patch parking area is open to the public. The following areas remained closed because of firefighting activities:
- Cold Springs Rd. (Forest Service Road 148);
- Browns Gap Rd. (FSR 148A); and
- Harmon Den Campground.
These areas may reopen on Saturday afternoon.