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Originally published: 2012-11-05 16:18:30
Last modified: 2012-11-05 17:53:29

Woods fire sparks near Deep Gap homes

by Anna Oakes

The Deep Gap and Boone fire departments responded around 3:30 p.m. Monday to a woods fire burning close to several homes off of North Star and Brady lanes in Deep Gap, south of Old U.S. 421.

Deep Gap Fire Chief Mark Parsons said the fire, which consumed about three acres, was caused by a homeowner burning trash. No property was damaged in the fire.

The fire was contained around 5:45 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Forest Service issued an alert urging the public to prevent wildfires near the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie and Croatan National Forests.

"In the past week, debris burning and unattended campfires ignited several small wildfires that were quickly extinguished in the mountains and Piedmont of North Carolina," the alert stated. "With dry forest conditions persisting in parts of the state, Forest Service officials are asking the public to be extra careful when starting campfires in or burning debris near national forests."
According to the Forest Service, practice the following steps to help prevent wildfires:

• Stay with your fire until it is completely out.

• Always consider alternatives to burning debris.

• Check the weather — don't burn on dry, windy days.

• Know your local burning laws.

• Be prepared with water, a shovel and phone.