Fires spread in Southern states of United States

Ongoing exceptional to extreme drought conditions are the major factor in escalating fire behavior, reports said.

United States is under fire crisis as fires have been reported across several southern states and NASA’s Aqua satellite using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured this image of the fires and smoke across the expanse. It shows several fires and smoke across the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

The report of Phys.org informed that the Boteler fire was discovered burning on the Tusquitee Ranger District of the National Forests of North Carolina 15 miles east of Murphy, North Carolina on October 25. Even though fire officials responded immediately to the fire, reportedly steep, rugged terrain and extremely dry conditions provided an unsafe environment for firefighters to attack the fire directly at its edge.

Although reports have claimed that large helicopters dropped water on the fire and slowed its progression, it has continued to grow. Even though the cause of fire is unknown, it has spread upto 8,695 acres.

The Maple Springs fire had merged with the Avey fire and is located north of Santeetlah Lake, and towards the east, old roughy fire started on November 8. Reportedly, the fires are active with wind and terrain driven uphill runs and is burning in harwood litter and brush. The Maple Springs fire was human caused and has spread to 7,177 acres.

Another human caused fire is Tellico Fire which started on November and 13,676 acres in size. This fire and several others are collectively referred to as the Nantahala Branch Fires, reports said. Another one is Rock Mountain, currently 4,100 acres in size near Talulaha River Road, on the Straw Mountain within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Ongoing exceptional to extreme drought conditions are the major factor in escalating fire behavior, reports said.

The wildfires under investigation for the case are the Party Rock fire which began November 5 on Chimney Rock State Park land and the Chestnut Knob fire which began on November 8. They have spread to 3,457 acres and 2,850 acres respectively. Winds, uphill runs etc are contributing to the spread of fire.

The Rough Ridge fire burning in Georgia is 19,411 acres and is 20% contained. It’s in the Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Chattahoochee National Forest.