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Fire Night over Boone PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 14 February 2011 23:29

It was a heroic effort—and it saved homes in the Greenbriar Road area just east of Boone yesterday—that as high winds drove a huge woods fire toward a number of homes. (GREAT photo by Jonathan Burton) Boone fire and the NC Forest Service were the first to arrive at the scene, just off Bamboo Road, and the quick assessment of the situation lead to the calling of units from most every fire department in Watauga and some from adjoining counties as a command post was set up at Mutton Crossing—and Bamboo Road was closed to all but firefighting traffic.  The fire was being driven toward a number of houses as firemen arrived, and there were doubts that all could be saved, but their efforts did save the homes and eventually headed off and pushed back the fire.  A Boone Fire unit spent the night at the scene on the Greenbriar side, a NC Forest Service unit top of Rocky Knob, ready to respond to flare-ups.  Winds are predicted to die down a bit today, but the dry conditions that lead to the red flag warning for outdoor fires persist.





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