Person of interest sought in Table Rock fire

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 08:25 PM

The U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday a person who may have information on the cause of the Table Rock fire is being sought.

According to Deborah Walker, spokesperson, a photo was taken on the morning of Nov. 11, the day before the fire was reported, by an unidentified man near the Table Rock picnic area. The photo was enhanced, and shows a white Dodge pickup truck in the background. Authorities do not necessarily believe the person in the photo started the fire, she said.

Meanwhile, light winds, increased humidity and sparse brush for fuel has limited the growth of the fire that started Nov. 12 near Table Rock in Linville Gorge.

The fire was still at just under 2,500 acres. Burnout operations Wednesday were successful in removing most of the potential fuel in a 100-acre block between the fire, Chimney Branch to the south and the Linville River to the west.

Firefighters spent Thursday monitoring the fire to make certain it does not expand south of Chimney Branch, Walker said. However, a strong cold front expected in the area Saturday will bring windy conditions and much lower humidity levels through Sunday.