U.S. Forest Service: Linville Gorge fire contained


Firefighters have successfully contained the Linville Gorge fire reported on Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina. 

Investigators believe the fire started from an abandoned campfire.

Forestry officials said 52 firefighters worked to put out the fire, which was in a remote area near the Linville River. 

Firefighters had to hike 2.5 miles down in the Gorge near the Brushy Ridge Trail, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

See also: NC crews responding to fire in Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

There are no active flames in the area, but forestry officials said some hot spots may remain until the area receives significant rainfall. The Brushy Ridge Trail will stay closed until the fire is extinguished fully.

The U.S. Forest Service said all other areas and trails in the Linville Gorge Wilderness are open. 

If you have any information about the abandoned campfire or cause of the fire, you are asked to call the Grandfather Ranger District Law Enforcement Officer at 828-652-2144.

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