Trails Closed in Pisgah National Forest in Wake of Cold Mountain Wildfire

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The United States Forest Service has closed multiple trails in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest due to a forest fire that was first reported last Friday afternoon.

“At this point, it is human caused, but the exact cause is under investigation,” USFS Public Information Officer Bob Beanblossom told the Asheville Citizen Times.

The Cold Mountain wildfire as captured by BRO reader David Wise on Saturday morning from Frying Pan lookout tower.

The fire was zero percent contained as of late last night and is now burning on approximately 134 acres in the headwaters of Crawford Creek north toward Cold Mountain.According to the USFS, “all National Forest trails in the Shining Rock Wilderness, Graveyard Fields and Black Balsam areas of the Pisgah Ranger District are closed due to the Cold Mountain fire.”

Map of current trail closures courtesy of USFS.

Stay up to date with the developments of this wildfire by following the North Carolina division of the USFS on twitter, and click here for a live feed of Cold Mountain with real time air quality reports from the area.


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