U.S. Forest Service firefighters continue to suppress a small wildfire in the Harmon Den area of the Pisgah National Forest. The wildfire, reported late Wednesday afternoon, is 60 acres in size, and is under investigation.
Nearly 30 firefighters and others are working to suppress the wildfire. Containment lines have been established and back-burning operations have been completed. Firefighters will continue monitoring and improving containment lines, while minimal smoke is expected today. Resources include the Asheville Hotshots and other firefighters, several local engines, and a Forest Service helicopter from Georgia.
The Max Patch parking area is open to the public, however, 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.