The U.S. Forest Service has implemented a closure for the entire Citico Creek Wilderness and the portion of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness located in the Cherokee National Forest (Tennessee). This closure has been put in place for public safety due to wild fire activity in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in North Carolina.
Beginning November 12, 2016, the following restrictions are in place for the Citico Creek Wilderness and the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness within the Cherokee National Forest until further notice:
o Closure Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.52(e) – Going into or being upon any area of the Citico Creek Wilderness and Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness within the Cherokee National Forest.
Cherokee National Forest Supervisor, JaSal Morris said, “The closure of these wilderness areas was necessary for public safety. There is a possibility of the Maple Springs Fire in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in North Carolina moving into the Cherokee National Forest. We are closing this area to protect national forest visitors, who may be planning to visit the Citico Creek Wilderness and Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest, in case the fire moves into that area.”
National Forest visitors are asked to obey all state and federal fire related laws and regulations. If you see smoke or suspicious activity contact local fire or law enforcement authorities immediately!