As a result of the rain today, huge improvements were made in the containment of both wildfires in the Smokies. Here's the latest from the Wildfire Incident Information System:
Stony Ridge Fire: Rain on Friday morning helped firefighters complete suppression operations along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With more rain in the forecast, only a single crew will be kept on the fire on Saturday to complete mop-up. On Sunday, May 3, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians plans to reassume command of the fire.
The Blue Ridge Parkway re-opened at 7:00 PM on Friday evening.
Laurel Falls II Fire: The Laurel Falls 2 Fire is fully contained. With more rain forecast, the fire will be unstaffed on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The National Park Service will reassume command of the incident on Sunday, May 3.
All trails previously closed by the fire are now open.
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