The U.S. Forest Service is trying to suppress a 60-acre wildfire in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest. Ninety percent of the fire is on national forest land and no structures are threatened. Due to steep, rugged terrain and fuel types, the fire is anticipated to reach 500-600 acres today. There's a slight chance of rain this evening, and a 60% chance of showers for tomorrow that could help.
More than 30 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are fighting the blaze, located about 14 miles northwest of Murphy near Turner Top mountain. Suppression efforts include U.S. Forest Service hot shot crew, district fire fighter staff and NC Forest Service resources on the ground. A type three helicopter is also on the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The fire was reported to the Forest Service Sunday evening. More information will be provided as it becomes available.