Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Friday, 15 June 2007 18:05
Scattered rain showers did little
to squelch two fires in Burke County.
By yesterday evening, the fires had
burned nearly 1,500 acres. The Dobson Knob fire even jumped its containment
lines yesterday. Though firefighters were able to reestablish control, water
drops continued to keep the blaze subdued.
Burnout operations were employed to
tackle the Shortoff Mountain fire. 332 fire fighters, 4 helicopters, 8 engines,
one dozer and one fixed wing support aircraft are attacking the wildfires.
Firefighters still have hope that heavy rainfall will
reach the area soon. The Linville Gorge Wilderness is closed until further