NEBO, N.C., March 21, 2016 – Wet weather and cooler temperatures aided firefighting efforts on the Sheehan Creek Fire over the weekend. The fire is now 98% contained.
The Sheehan Creek Fire was reported Thursday afternoon, March 17, in the Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest in McDowell County. The fire is located in a remote area along Little Buck Creek, north of Lake Tahoma and approximately 7 miles northwest of Marion, N.C.
Firefighters patrolled the area yesterday and moped up remaining hot spots. The final size of the wildfire is approximately 150 acres. 16 firefighters remain on scene today to continue to monitor the area. The fire is expected to stay at 98% containment through the dry weather early this week until the next rain event.
The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation.
All roads and trails in the area are now open, including the Mountains to Sea trail in the Woods Mountain area. Forest Service officials are asking the public to continue to avoid the fire area for their own safety and the safety of emergency response personnel on scene.