|Current as of||11/29/2016, 5:10:57 PM|
|Cause||Human Caused, Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday November 09th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||Tallulah River Road, in the Straw Mountain Area|
|Incident Commander||Noel Livingston|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||55%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday December 15th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Fuels Involved||Mixed hardwood with scattered conifers and brush (mountain laurel) component. Hemlock snags are scattered throughout the fire area. Large diameter fuels are completely consuming. This includes dead/down log bridges across creeks, which makes holding the fire at creeks difficult; as does partially dry creek beds which also contain leaf litter. Duff consumption is high. The terrain is very steep and rugged. Leaf off is at 50-95% increasing with elevation. Additional leaf off increases re-burn and the potential for fire to cross containment lines.|
|Significant Events||Minimal fire behavior today due to high humidity and cloud cover. Fire behavior is described as minimal, smoldering in some areas and slowly creeping.|
|Planned Actions||Continue patrol and mop-up on the fire perimeter. Suppression repair efforts utilizing the guidance of Resource advisors are beginning on contained portions of the incident.|
|Projected Incident Activity||12 hours: Conditions not suitable for fire spread due to rain. Heavy fuels continue to smolder.
24 hours: Conditions not suitable for fire spread due to rain. Heavy fuels continue to smolder.
48-72 hours: Drying conditions with minimal creeping in leaf litter. Heavy fuels continue to smolder.
|Remarks||Transfer of command to the Southern Area Gold Type 2 team will occur at 7:00 am on November 30, 2016. Acres listed above are based on a infrared aircraft reconnaissance flight that took place at 11:00pm on November 27th. Approximately 12,962 acres are in Georgia and 11,763 acres are in North Carolina, with 3,860 in Clay County and 7,903 in Macon County.|
|Weather Concerns||Showers on the fire overnight dropped 1.50 to 2.50 inches of total rainfall. Gusty winds of up to 30 mph were seen in the evening, but tapered off after midnight. The showers lingered into Tuesday followed by clearing skies. Showers are expected to develop once again after sunset and continue into Wednesday with another inch of rain possible. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible. This rain broke the string of 108 consecutive days without a half inch of rain, yet the drought continues.|