UPDATE: Few Hot Spots Remain, Fire Command Cautious About Wind

UPDATE: Few Hot Spots Remain, Fire Command Cautious About Wind
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By David Rogers. November 27, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Although “hot spots” were detected approximately 300 feet inside the fire perimeter of the Horton Fire Saturday night, the outside edges are “looking good,” incident managers told the news media at 8:30 am on Sunday.

COVER IMAGE: Sunrise over the Horton Fire scene illuminates thin blankets of smoke in low-lying valleys and ravine remain. Courtesy of Horton Fire website.

They are maintaining their 65% containment level for now, but offered, “Once fire managers can ensure the established fire lines will hold, they will reassess the 65% containment level.”  The biggest concern appears to be wind gusts, which can serve to fan the flames and blow embers into areas that have not burned, which would spread the fire even further, outside the control perimeter.

The Sunday morning press release estimates the fire at 1,450 acres, reporting that nearly 115 personnel representing 25 different agencies are assigned to the fire.

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