SE mtns are burning

Discussion in 'General' started by used2Bfast, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. crazywolf450r

    crazywolf450r Well-Known Member

    Hopefully no one suffers any measurable property damage, but fires aren't necessarily a bad thing for the forests.
     
  2. ScottyRock155

    ScottyRock155 A T-Rex going RAWR!

    Yea, I drove home through Guntersville yesterday and you could see the smoke hanging over the lake like fog. Crazy.
     
  3. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    It sucks for loss of any houses and danger to people but for the forest it's a good thing. Clears out the little growth and allows the big stuff to flourish. Mother nature had a great cycle of it going before humans :D
     
  4. Mongo

    Mongo Administrator

    Hazy down here again today.

    Was the smoke what caused the Titans game to look so gray?
     
  5. rd49

    rd49 Well-Known Member

    I think that was from the smoking the Packers got.... :D
     
  6. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

  7. Banditracer

    Banditracer Dogs - because people suck

    I was assuming they were started by lightning, wrong. Many by arson, WTF is the thrill of setting the woods on fire ?
     
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  8. Jed

    Jed mellifluous

    One small file in the metro area was caused by a hawk that got fried by power lines.

    No smoke smell today, but on Friday I could smell it from the southern side of Meriwether County.
     
  9. Pretty hazy out fishing today, was worse than this earlier in the day (no it wasn't fog).
     

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  10. drop

    drop Well-Known Member

    I know the complete mountian down near rising fawn (exit 4) in ga, on 59, was engulfed in flames thursday night. From top to bottom about a mile long stretch was burning. Came back from barber last night, and visibility was less than a 1/4 mile, and apparently it had rained and that particular fire was out. The smoldering smoke was very intense and honestly hardto breath.
     
  11. jrsamples

    jrsamples Banned

    The Lake Lure fire has been devastating (that's where the lake portions of Dirty Dancing movie were filmed). I'm thinking that those folks' tourism is going to suffer for years.

    We worked Saturday and Sunday and the South Mountains State Park fire had us gagging and coughing all day....made us all feel like we had a bad cold. I've listened to grumbling from some fire fighters who've said that this fire could have been quickly dealt with, but the wheels at the State Park refused help for days until it was beyond their abilities.
     
  12. Metalhead

    Metalhead Dong pilot

    Hope u2bf is OK.
     
  13. casjoker

    casjoker Refusing middle age

    Knoxville is smelling pretty smoky and has a hazy foggy look. Went up I-75 yesterday. Looks like a lot of underbrush and leaves burning. I didn't see any large trees burnt. Local (take it for what that's worth) said the big oaks and other hardwoods take a lot more to get burning vs the soft wood trees. Said that's why it's a lot of smoke but not huge flames and slower moving than out west. Everyone around here seems to a little on edge about one of these fires really getting out of control .
     
  14. used2Bfast

    used2Bfast Still healing

    Saw the fire all along 129 just a few miles south of Deals Gap and along the Cheoah river. All burning along there, but its stopped there by the river and hwy 129. Exactly as cas joker stated, its a low intensity creeping style of fire. Not the tall flames sometimes seen out west. Mostly ground clutter, stumps, leaves, etc. The wild card is still the wind. Only if it gets gusty and such, will it start to blow up.

    A bud is up from Atlanta, and actually got out today for the first time in a days (been staying close to the house, in case chit gets real again) and went to local forest service maintained 100yrd range and burned some powder.

    Had dinner at Tapoco lodge, and talked to a young fire fighter there. He drove a fire engine solo all the way from western Co to here in NC. Said it took 3 days driving. Truck was governed down to 60mph max.
     
  15. BSA43

    BSA43 Well-Known Member

    Now THAT'S got to be a boring drive.
     
  16. used2Bfast

    used2Bfast Still healing

    They had 2 choppers, and 2 of those big scooper planes today..all dumping huge amounts of water on the Maple Springs fire (Joyce Kilmer wilderness fire).

    Exert from their Facebook page report this evening (Maple Springs/Old Roughy Fire)..

    "Two CL-415 “Super Scoopers” combined to drop almost 50 loads of water totaling more than 70,000 gallons of water on the western flank of the fire where it is most active. In addition, helicopters dropped nearly 10,000 gallons of water on the southern flank of the fire in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness."
     
  17. used2Bfast

    used2Bfast Still healing

    Oh yeah.. Wesser fire tower burnt down today from the Tellico (gap) fire. Its a sad day for the locals. An awesome 1 mile steep hike up to it via the AT, was always a fav day hike/mtb ride(another bike legal trail went up to it).I've also backpacked by it a few times. .."sigh"..

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  18. kiggy74

    kiggy74 As useful as an...

    That's awful. My wife and i were just there two weeks ago to ride the blue ridge. Stayed in Maggie Valley, none of this had started yet although there was a lot of talk from the locals about the drought. We were riding along the Cherohala at the Telico river when I spotted the first wild bald eagle I've ever seen. Crushes me to hear that it's all burning.
     
  19. Jed

    Jed mellifluous

    Sad for sure, but the irony of a fire tower burning down....

    Wish the smoke would drift south for a couple of days. Great scent cover for hunting. But damn, I'd much prefer rain.
     
  20. drop

    drop Well-Known Member

    Now a fire within ten miles of me.
     

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