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Smokes rises from a forest fire in the Sampson area Saturday. Photo courtesy of Jim Landis, Blowing Rock Fire Department




Originally published: 2012-11-10 19:10:37
Last modified: 2012-11-10 19:10:37

75 acres burn in Sampson area

by Anna Oakes

Multiple fire departments responded to a forest fire in the Sampson area Saturday morning, and as of 5 p.m. Saturday the fire was 100 percent contained, said Kent Graham, emergency services director for Blowing Rock Fire Department.

The fire was located in the area of Paisley Ridge Road, Rock House Road and Penley Road in the southeast corner of Watauga County.

Stewart Simmons, Blowing Rock, Boone  and Yadkin Valley fire departments were on the scene with the N.C. Forest Service.

Graham said the fire burned approximately 75 acres.

Fire crews worked to establish a line around the fire with a bulldozer and burn from the line toward the fire “to take away some of the fuel.”

“As it comes up the ridge with these kinds of fire conditions you want as wide of a swath as you can get,” Graham said.

He said no structures were immediately threatened by the fire.

“We just established a fire line quickly in order to protect the structures that could have been in the path,” he said.

Graham said crews from Stewart Simmons, Blowing Rock, Boone, Beaver Dam, Cove Creek, Foscoe and Deep Gap fire departments and the N.C. Forest Service would work to bolster the fire line on Sunday.

Matt McGuire of Blowing Rock Fire served as the incident commander.

“I think that it was a good, safe and corrective initial fire attack,” Graham said.

Watauga County Communications on Saturday posted via Facebook, “Please DO NOT BURN today. We are having fires pop up everywhere. While no designated burning ban is on, you must exercise care if you must burn. Have a fire watch and the proper tools to tend your fire.”