Wildfire Update: More than 40,000 acres on Fire in Western North Carolina

first_imgLast week, we reported on the growing severity of wildfires blazing in Western North Carolina and surrounding states like South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.Unfortunately, those fire continued to grow over the weekend and have now reached nearly 40,000 acres in Western North Carolina alone.Many of these fires are not only believed to be the result of human activity, but are reportedly being set intentionally by arsonists.While it’s extremely troubling to see so many acres of cherished land burn, it’s also hazardous to the health of residents. Many if the states with fires burning have warned citizens of unhealthy air quality.What follows is a real time list of fires burning throughout these five states, the amount of acres to which these blazes have reportedly spread, suspected causes, and key information about burn bans and public land closures.Keep in mind that the dry conditions that have facilitated this historic weather event are persisting, and as a result these numbers are constantly changing and often growing. Check back for updates.Western North Carolina WildfiresTellico FireAcres: 13,676Containment Level: 39 percent contained Party Rock FireAcres: 3,457Containment Level: 15 percent containedscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-9-51-12-amLake Lure/Chimney Rock Area. Photographer last week by Michelle Schwartz.Maple Springs FireAcres: 7,179Containment Level:15 percent containedBoteler FireAcres: 8,695Containment:37 percent containedSouth Mountain State Park FireAcres: 2,850Containment Level: 15 percent contained Ferebee FireAcres: 3,175Containment Level: 3,175 Additional Wildfire Info Immediate Forecast: No rain is in sight for Western North Carolina’s immediate future. Fire caution and safety is of the utmost importance right now.Public Lands Closed: The Appalachian Trail from Rock Gap to the Nantahala River, Chimney Rock State Park, Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Area, South Mountains State Park, portions of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.According to press release issued by the USFS the following trails are closed: Wesser Creek, Chunky Gal from Glade Gap to Tusquitee Gap, Whitewater Falls, Foothills from NC Hwy 281 to the Bad Creek access (detour maps are posted at trail junctions), and the Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser south to Rock Gap Trailhead on FR 67.Suspected Causes: According to USFS, the majority of the wildfires in WNC are the direct result of humans, and the state has even pointed to arson as a major factor in many of these dangerous and destructive wildfires.Burn Bans: All 1 million acres of the Pisgah and the Nantahala National Forest are under a strict no burn ban.North Georgia WildfiresRock Mountain Fire (Rabun County)Acres: 4,000Containment: 10 percent containedRough Ridge Fire (Fannin County)Acres:  nearly 20,000Containment: 20 percent containedAdditional Wildfire Info Suspected Causes: Many of these fires are being labeled as human caused, and, like the fires in North Carolina, arson has been established as a contributing factor in some of the North Georgia wildfires.South Carolina WildfiresPinnacle Mountain FireAcres: 2,312Containment: 25 percent containedscreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-9-00-20-amAdditional Wildfire Info Public Land Closures: Table Rock State Park along with portions of the Foothills Trail.Burn Bans: The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has issued a burn ban on the 33,000-acre Jocassee Gorges area in northern Pickens and Oconee counties, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission has expanded its burning ban from five Upstate counties to all 19 Piedmont counties.Tennessee WildfiresFlippers Bend FireAcres: 1000 Containment: 90 percent containedPoe Road FireAcres: 550 acresContainment: 40 percent containedMowbray FireAcres: 750 acresContainment: 50 percent containedAdditional Wildfire Info Public Land Closures: Citico Creek Wilderness in Cherokee National ForestVirginia WildfiresRaven Rocks Fire (Jefferson National Forest)Acres: 2,500 acresContainment: 60 percent containedMcAfee Knob FireA small brush fire in a hard to reach area near McAfee Knob Fire has been contained.Additional Wildfire Info Burn Bans: There is a temporary restriction of open fires on the Clinch Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National ForestsSuspected Causes: Dry conditions and possible arson in areas.last_img read more

Congress to vote on funding, NDAA

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lawmakers in the House today are expected to pass a bipartisan spending package to avert a government shutdown and provide funding through the rest of fiscal year 2020. Additionally, following months of conversation, the Senate is set to vote on the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report this week, which was passed by the House last week.Government FundingCongress last month passed a continuing resolution extending funding to this Friday, Dec. 20. Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is also tied to this deadline. A similar situation happened last year and resulted in a historic 35 day partial government shutdown. Numerous credit unions stepped up and offered relief and assistance last year to federal employees and personnel impacted by the shutdown, actions which NAFCU continues to highlight to members of Congress. The deal reached by Congress would provide funding through Sept. 30, 2020; an extension for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is also included for the same timeframe. NAFCU has urged lawmakers to fully fund credit union priorities, including the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, and Small Business Administration programs. continue reading »last_img read more

American Legion Post 80 holds flag retirement ceremony

first_img“I just think that this is a time that everyone needs to be patriotic and understand that during this time with all this craziness going on, you still have to respect the flag,” he said. The ceremony began by recognizing the importance of Old Glory and ended with a prayer. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — With Flag Day just a day away, the American Legion Post 80 on Main Street in Binghamton members set aside some time to respectfully retire some flags. The ceremony takes place every year and involves respectfully burning U.S. flags that are worn out and no longer fit to be flown. Post 80 Commander Mose Perry told 12 News that for him, the ceremony felt even more important this year. Members say they hope to re-open Post 80 on June 22. While the post is currently closed, if you have a worn out American flag you are looking to dispose of you can drop it off at American Legion Post 80 where it too will be disposed of respectfully. last_img read more

North Korea says it has no intention to sit down with US: KCNA

first_img“It is just the time for it to stop meddling in others’ affairs but it seems there is no cure or prescription for its bad habit,” Kwon said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.”Explicitly speaking once again, we have no intention to sit face to face with the United States.”Trump and Kim met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, raising hopes for a negotiated end to Pyongyang’s nuclear programs. But their second summit, in 2019 in Vietnam, and subsequent working-level negotiations fell apart.US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led the talks with the North Koreans, was due to arrive in Seoul late on Tuesday for talks with Seoul officials over ways to revive the negotiations.Biegun said last week there is time for both sides to re-engage and “make substantial progress,” but the coronavirus pandemic would make an in-person summit difficult before the US presidential elections on Nov. 3.Last month, North Korea abruptly raised tensions with South Korea and blew up a joint liaison office, just on its side of the border, before just as suddenly suspending plans for unspecified military actions.  Topics : North Korea has no intention to sit down with the United States and urged South Korea to “stop meddling,” a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, just as a US envoy was due to visit Seoul in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.Kwon Jong Gun, director general for US affairs at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, accused South Korea of misinterpreting Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui’s earlier statement dismissing an “untimely rumor” about another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.Choe said on Saturday that North Korea does not feel the need for a new summit, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had offered to mediate between Kim and Trump, suggested the two leaders meet again before the US elections in November.last_img read more

North Korea carries out ‘very important test’

first_imgNorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un (center) has so far been tight-lipped about the latest test the country allegedly carried out at the Sohae satellite-launching site. According to the KCNA state news agency on Sunday, the results of the test would be used to upgrade the country’s strategic status. AFP “The results of the recent importanttest will have an important effect on changing the strategic position of theDPRK (North Korea) once again in the near future,” KCNA state news agencyreported on Sunday. It provided no further details.     “We do not need to have lengthy talkswith the US now, and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiatingtable,” North Korean envoy to the United Nations (UN) Kim Song said onSaturday. It came after Pyongyang appeared toshut the door on further United States (US) talks. Despite facing a host of UN and othersanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, North Korea earlier this yearre-started testing short-range ballistic missiles.(BBC) Analysts believed it could be aground-based test of an engine to power a satellite launcher or anintercontinental ballistic missile. SEOUL – North Korea said it hascarried out a “very important test” at the Sohae satellite-launching site.   last_img read more

Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500 2020: President Donald J. Trump

first_imgPresident Trump and the first lady will arrive at PBIA around 6:35 this evening to spend the President’s day weekend at Mar-a-Lago and will be the Grand Marshal of “The Great American Race” in Daytona on Sunday.The first family will attend Sunday’s Daytona 500 and the #47 car has a Trump Pence 2020 paint job. As the Grand Marshal, Trump will issue the order “gentlemen start your engines.” While the honor has recently gone to a variety of actors and former NASCAR stars, Trump will be the first sitting president to serve as grand marshal since George W. Bush in 2004. Yesterday, officials said Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the Grand Marshall.Joey Logano and William Byron won the dual qualifying races last night which sets the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The duo will start in row two. Starting in row one will be pole winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row spot in time trials.last_img read more

Kevin Garnett on Grizzlies F Jaren Jackson Jr.: ‘I see a lot of myself in him’

first_img“It’s really flattering and just shows how intense and knowledgeable K.G. is, and how he cares,” Jackson said. “He’s been done playing for a while, so just to see him still traveling to see games, still coming to teach you individually — not just calling you, but coming face to face like this — is just cool.” Garnett was a 15-time All-Star, NBA champion and NBA MVP during his 21-year career. He retired in 2016 and is expected to become a Hall of Famer in 2021.Jackson has shown promise, but the Grizzlies have struggled, losing nine of their last 10 games. Memphis will face the Timberwolves on Wednesday in Minnesota. NBA trade rumors: Kings interested in dealing for Grizzlies center Marc Gasol “I told you before; I see a lot of myself in him,” Garnett said Monday, via Grizzlies.com. “He’s the future. I wouldn’t have wasted my time coming out here to work with him if I didn’t feel that way about him.”Jackson said he’s appreciative of Garnett’s guidance. Related News Kevin Garnett believes in Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.Jackson, 19, is averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his rookie year with Memphis. Garnett has visited Jackson in Memphis and said he thinks he has a bright future in the NBA.last_img read more

Solskjaer confident De Gea will sign new deal soon

first_img“There’s a limit of players and whoever performs will be part of the team and whoever doesn’t they will have to fight to get back in.”After an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth, United will be hoping for a better performance against one-time bitter enemy Leeds.The rivalry has simmered since Leeds’ relegation from the English Premier League in 2004 but hostilities between the passionate fan bases are still evident with extra security measures being put in place by organisers at Perth Stadium.Solskjaer said United were excited to renew the rivalry. “Of course you want to have games against the biggest clubs,” he said. “It’s a great occasion for both sets of supporters and the players because there were great games (in the past).”Romelu Lukaku, who is reportedly looking to secure a move to Inter Milan, is set to play his first pre-season match against Leeds after recovering from a “niggle”. However, Luke Shaw is likely to miss out after suffering a hamstring injury in the match against Perth.United will have further pre-season games against Inter Milan in Singapore on July 20 and Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25, while Leeds will head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea signs autographs for fans in PerthPerth, Australia | AFP |  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Tuesday he was optimistic that goalkeeper David De Gea would sign a new deal to remain at Old Trafford as Manchester United prepared to face old rivals Leeds in Perth.United’s pre-season tour of Australia has been overshadowed speculation over the futures of several stars, including De Gea who is in the last year of his contract and has been linked with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The Spaniard is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with United worth in excess of £350,000 a week that would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.De Gea was rested from United’s pre-season opener against Perth Glory on Saturday but will line up against Leeds on Wednesday to wrap up the Red Devils’ 10-day visit to the Western Australia city.“He’ll play and hopefully we can agree (on a new deal) with David, as I’ve said a few times,” Solskjaer told reporters.“That’ll be up to David to announce when that happens, if and when.”The United boss refused to be drawn on whether Leicester City and England centreback Harry Maguire was on his way to Old Trafford.“There’s been loads of speculation but I can’t really say anything,” Solskjaer said.last_img read more