State parks close backcountry campsites as WNC wildfires continue to burn

Plus, updates on the spread and containment of wildfires in the region.

Firefighter working to contain the Poplar Drive wildfire in Henderson County

Firefighters are hard at work to contain the Poplar Drive wildfire in Henderson County.

Photo via NC Forest Service

North Carolina remains under a state of emergency due to major wildfires burning in WNC. A burn ban is still in place in 30 counties, prohibiting all open burning and canceling burn permits.

On Friday, Nov. 10, backcountry campsites across 10 state parks closed due to fire risk through Friday, Dec. 1, while several parks closed all campsites. Anyone who made a reservation at one of the listed campsites will receive a refund.

The Poplar Drive fire in Henderson County spans 434 acres and is 70% contained as of a Sunday, Nov. 12 update. Edneyville Fire & Rescue has received a huge influx of community support with donations of food + supplies. To help contribute to their efforts, you can donate to the department.

The Collett Ridge fire in Cherokee County remains at 5,335 acres and has now reached 55% containment, per an update on Sunday, Nov. 12. The cloud cover, cooler temperatures, increased humidity, and light precipitation that occurred over the weekend helped moderate the fire’s behavior — but until there is greater rainfall, smoldering can be expected to continue.

In the event of an emergency, Buncombe County will use its CodeRED text messaging system to communicate with residents. To receive alerts, text “BCAlert” to 99411 or register online. Explore additional resources to protect your home + community.

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