NEBO, N.C., March 19, 2016 – Firefighters made progress yesterday evening, reaching 50% containment on the Sheehan Creek Fire.
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 worked into the evening yesterday to create containment lines around the fire and conduct burn out operations. The final size of the wildfire is approximately 150 acres. 22 firefighters and a helicopter remain on scene today to monitor the area and conduct mop-up operations, making sure remaining hot-spots are out. Higher humidity today and a chance of rain are providing good conditions for the remaining efforts.
The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation.
The Mountains to Sea trail in the Woods Mountain area, from Betsey's Ridge to Hazelnut Gap and a portion of Little Buck Road will remain closed through this evening. Forest Service officials are asking the public to avoid the area for their own safety and the safety of emergency response personnel on scene.