Fires in NC Mountains

Multiple Fires In NC Mountains

There are several fires in the NC mountains that continue to burn out of control. These fires have burned over 44,000 acres now. Many areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as several NC State Parks have been closed due to these out of control fires. Over 2000 firefighters are fighting these fires with more on the way for backup and relief. There are 10 fires burning with minimal containment. Several  counties have called for evacuations of residents. Counties effected by evacuations include Henderson, Buncombe, Graham, Swain, Clay and Macon. Shelters have been opened to provide a safe environment for those affected. Many counties are also handing out special mask for people to wear due to the poor air quality from the smoke produced by the fires. Ashe from the wildfires is a problem for many towns nearby. Smoke from the wildfires is drifting hundreds of miles away to cities such as Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte in North Carolina. Even Atlanta, Georgia is having hazing conditions from the smoke from the fires to the north. Many areas are under a Code Orange Air Quality Alert.

Fighting Wildfire in NC Mountains (photo by wncn)
Fighting Wildfire in NC Mountains (photo by wncn)

Smoke from all the fires can be seen drifting as far away as North Georgia, East Tennessee, the NC piedmont area, Asheville and Charlotte. One of the major fires is in the Lake Lure area and another major fire is at Party Rock. Other areas with fires include Tellico Fire, the Boteler Fire, the Maple Springs Fire, the Nantahala National Forest, Dick’s Creek (near Sylva), Knob (near Franklin), a small area near Cherokee, Whitewater (Upper Whitewater Falls), and a small area at Cliffside ( near Highlands).

FEMA will assist with helping pay for fighting the fires. Twenty five counties have been declared a State of Emergency due to the large number of fires in the NC mountains. Some fires are being investigated due to the possibility of arson.

Equipment being used to fight the fires include helicopters, over 100 fire engines, bulldozers and other heavy equipment. There have been no injuries or deaths so far due to the fires. The fires have been difficult to control due to the dry conditions in the western areas of the state. The humidity is also very low and no significant rain is in the forecast for the next week.

Many NC Sate Parks have been closed due to fire, smoke or personnel being pulled to other areas to help with the fires in other areas. The following parks in North Carolina are closed until further noted: New River State Park, Elk Knob, Mount Mitchell, Lake James and Gorges, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, South Mountains State Park, and  Chimney Rock State Park. Due to the extreme dry conditions and increased risk of fire all NC state parks have banned campfires and open cooking fires for now.

Smoke from fires in nc mountains (photo from abc11.com)
Smoke from fires in nc mountains (photo from abc11.com)

Several trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been temporarily closed. One is Chimney Tops Trail because of a wildfire burning near the trail summit. Other trails that have been closed until further notice are Sugarland Mountain Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, and Road Prong Trail. The wildfires are resulting in a large amount of smoke that is settling in the valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains. There is a temporary ban on campfires in the park’s backcountry. The fire ban only applies to campers in the backcountry sites and shelters.

Live Web Cam Links that show smoky conditions from fires in NC mountains

Here are some webcam links that show locations in the NC mountains that are affected by the fires.

Chimney Rock State Park live web cam showing smoky conditions

Nantahala area by Nantahala Outdoor Center

Joyce Kilmer area live web cam view

Lake Lure live webcam

GSMNP Purchase Knob live webcam

Lake Lure Wildfire
Lake Lure Wildfire

US Wildfire Activity Public Information Map

Here is a link to the US Wildfire Activity Public Information Map showing the locations of all the different wildfires in NC mountains, East TN and the Great Smoky Mountains, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia.

Watch this youtube video on the Lake Lure Wildfire…

 

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Finch Pottery Open House

Dan Finch Pottery Open House 2016

Dan Finch Pottery Open House is this Sunday November 13, 2016.  It starts at 10:00 am and last all afternoon untill 5:00 pm. The yearly open house is a popular event. Dan opens his pottery workshops for all to visit and enjoy.  And there is free admission! This year he will have numerous potters at his open house event and live several demonstrations.  It’s a fun-filled event with shopping, pottery demonstrations, music, fun and food. There are pottery demonstrations, live music, shopping and food. Even kid’s activities like face painting and Santa’s Workshop.

Dan Finch Pottery Open House Nov. 13, 2016 Bailey, NC
Dan Finch Pottery Open House Nov. 13, 2016 Bailey, NC

It’s a great place to buy functional pottery for the home or kitchen as well as pottery for home or garden decor. More shopping items includes jewelry, wall hangings and sculpture.  This year there will be music by the Southern Star Band and a special appearance by Rebecca Bryant, Singing Cowgirl. Free admission and parking!

Dan Finch is a well-known potter that works in stoneware, porcelain, wood-fired, salt-glazed, and raku pottery. Finch Pottery and Nursery is located near Bailey, NC. He was Director of the North Carolina Pottery Center and a former President of the Village of Yesteryear at the North Carolina State Fair. He also runs a pottery school at his studio. He also has Finch Homes for Bluebirds and has a blueberry farm.

The Dan Finch Pottery Open House takes place in Bailey, NC and it’s a great way to spend a cold November Sunday afternoon sipping hot chocolate and shopping with family and friends for those unique holiday gifts while exploring a famous potters workshop.

Location and Map to Dan Finch Pottery in Bailey, NC

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A Shopping Spree 2016

A Shopping Spree 2016

A Shopping Spree sponsored by the Junior League of Raleigh will be Nov. 3- 6, 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  It’s the holiday season, start your shopping this weekend. Get some Christmas shopping done early or just go and have fun. Four days of fun shopping for unique gifts. Too many vendors too numerous to name but will include crafts, jewelry, spices, food, kids items, candles, oils, flowers and wreaths, and so much more. See their link at A Shopping Spree for a complete list of vendors. Get the girls together and go shopping before the holiday crowds!

Here are just some of the exhibitors this year: A Spice Above, Birdstone Gardens, Carolina Designs Handcrafted Jewelry, Coastal Terra by Kim Fisher, Discovery Toys, Fabulous Pewterware, Headbands of Hope, Mainstream Boutique, Oak City Soap Company, Paisley Boutique, Sassy Gems by Geri, Southern Bling,  and The Candy Cottage plus many more!

Hours each day are:

Thursday Nov. 3     11am – 7pm
Friday Nov. 4           9am – 6pm
Saturday Nov. 5      10:30am – 8pm
Sunday Nov. 6         11am – 5pm

A Shopping Spree 2016
A Shopping Spree 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center

A Shopping Spree at the Raleigh Convention Center in Downtown Raleigh, NC Map and Location

 

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Christmas at Biltmore

Christmas at Biltmore

Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore Estate this holiday season. The magical Christmas at Biltmore starts on November 4, 2016 and last through January 8, 2017. The holiday season has arrived. The 35-foot Christmas tree was just put up Wednesday Nov 2nd and decorated in splendid style. The votes are in and the winning tree topper voted by the public was the angel. This year’s theme for Christmas at Biltmore is  “Hearth and Home”. Biltmore is decorated with  70 Christmas Trees throughout the house and grounds. Millions of lights have been hung, miles of garland strung and hundreds of wreaths have been hung.  The house and grounds have been decorated with bows, ribbons, flowers, greenery and glitter to make this year’s Christmas at Biltmore Estate has beautiful as ever.

A daytime ticket includes: the  self-guided tour to Biltmore House, the gardens, shops, restaurants, Antler Hill Village & Winery, the
Vanderbilt wedding fashion exhibition at The Biltmore Legacy and a complimentary wine tasting at the Winery.

Christmas At Biltmore in Asheville, NC
Christmas At Biltmore in Asheville, NC

A reservation-only night-time ticket includes: the self-guided tour to Biltmore House by candlelight and firelight, live music performed by choirs and soloists, daytime admission to gardens, shops, restaurants, Antler Hill Village & Winery, (on the day of your Candlelight visit or the day after),  the Vanderbilt wedding fashion exhibition at The Biltmore Legacy and a complimentary wine tasting at the Winery.

Come see the huge Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall decorated with millions of twinkling lights and hundreds of ornaments. Be a kid again and feel the magic of this special holiday season at Biltmore. Tour Antler Hill Village and see it decorated for Christmas. Visit the Conservatory Display where each room has on display a different color and scheme including pink, white, and red poinsettia.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore are really spectacular. Tour the house by candlelight while all the fireplaces are roaring. Listen to the beautiful Christmas music performed by choirs and soloists. The Biltmore Candlelight Evening Tour runs November 4, 2016 – January 7, 2017 (by reservation only).

Biltmore is always pretty but at Christmas it is magical! Plan your trip to Asheville, NC now. For more information about all the special holiday events and to purchase tickets see Christmas at Biltmore.

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NC State Fair 2016

NC State Fair 2016

The NC State Fair 2016 starts Thursday October 13 and ends on October 23, 2016. Nothing Could Be Finer is this year’s theme. Here is a partial list of just some of the Dorton Arena Concerts for this year’s state fair:Youth Choral Competition, Here As In Heaven: Raleigh with Elevation Church, Delta Rae with Katelyn Read, Chris Lane with Kasey Tyndall, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, Jim Quick & Coastline, The Soul Psychedelique Orches tra,Superchunk from Durham, Skylar Gudasz, A Night of Praise feature local gospel groups, punk and heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity, The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute featuring Johnny Folsom 4 & Friends, and legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.

There is something for everyone this year with the wide range of performances taking place over the 10 days of the NC state fair. Even more musical performances will be at the various stages throughout the fair grounds each day. Then there is always the folk festival, the carnival rides, horse show, animals, arts and crafts, food, flower and garden show and exhibits, games, agriculture and educational exhibits, food, craft and recipe blue ribbon winners, and so much more.

New Fair Foods For This Year!

NC State Fair 2016
NC State Fair 2016

New for the NC State Fair 2016 will be those new and delicious food items that make the NC state fair so fun. This year will feature such treats as NC Low Country Boil, Deep Fried Cuban Roll, Fried Chicken & Waffle Kabob, Shrimp Bites, Deep Fried Jello, Salted Caramel Maple Bacon Funnel Cake, Man’s Sandwich plus many more. And of course there is always the candy red apples, fresh made ice cream, the funnel cakes and the cotton candy.

New for this year is The Market Place with your favorite vendors from the Commercial & Education Buildings. The Market Place is a new 5,600 square foot tented vendor area located just outside the Grandstand and across from the Rabbit Barn. The Hobbies & Crafts will be located in a new place for this year’s fair. With the brand new addition of the Market Place, the Hobbies & Crafts competitive exhibits will move to the Commercial & Education Building near Hillsborough Street. More room for more hobbies and crafts to display!

This year’s state fair is set to be the best ever. The weather forecast looks great with sunny days and warm temperatures so it should be perfect weather to head to the NC State Fair. Load up the car and head to the NC State Fair and have a great time cause Nothing Could Be Finer!

For more information, daily schedules, complete list of show and ride please see NC State Fair .

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NC Prepares For Hurricane Matthew

NC Prepares For Hurricane Matthew

North Carolina is preparing for the approaching Hurricane Matthew. The steering currents are steering this storm toward the North Carolina coast. This is a large hurricane that covers a wide area. Currently this Category 4 hurricane has a tropical storm-force wind field (at least 39 mph sustained winds) that currently extends over 300 miles wide. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 40 miles from the eye of Hurricane Matthew. Landfall is forecast to take place between the South Carolina and the North Carolina border by this weekend.  Predictions are for the hurricane that is now a Cat 4 to be a Cat 2 when it reaches the Carolinas on Friday. Recent rain has made the rivers and creeks already full. If Hurricane Matthew brings a lot of rain and strong winds as anticipated then we need to prepare now for more flooding.

Hurricane Matthew Heads Toward NC
Hurricane Matthew Heads Toward NC

Pay close attention to the news and weather forecast to keep up to date on Hurricane Matthew and how it will impact North Carolina. Travel in and around the state on Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday may be dangerous. There is the potential for flooding, downed trees, structural damage and loss of power. Preparations have already begun in the coastal communities of Dare County and Hyde County. Hurricane Watches and Warning will likely be posted by the National Weather services.

Start planning now to prepare for this powerful hurricane. Make sure you have batteries, candles, bottled water and food that will not need refrigeration just in case electrical power is lost. Heavy rain and windy conditions are expected starting as early as Friday and lasting into Saturday and maybe even Sunday as this slow moving hurricane travels up the eastern coast of the United States. Please stay safe. Be aware of weather conditions and forecasts for North Carolina, especially if you have plans to travel. This storm may impact the NC mountains and fall foliage and the fall colors.

Please use our live NC web cams page to see conditions across the state. From the coast to the mountains our live web cam links can offer real-time weather conditions in North Carolina.

 

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