Blue Ridge Parkway Fire
Officials with the Forest Service say the Barnett Branch fire that shut down the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pisgah Inn was completely contained Monday evening 5/2/22.
The investigation into the cause of the 370-acre fire is ongoing but is suspected to be an abandoned campfire. Anyone causing such a fire, whether through negligence or carelessness, can be held liable for damages.
Forest officials remind visitors to the forest that when building a campfire, choose a spot that is protected from wind gusts and clear away flammable materials. Keep campfires small and have water ready in case the fire escapes. Never leave the fire unattended. Extinguish the fire completely before leaving the area. Drown the embers, stir, and feel for heat; it should be cold to the touch. (source: WLOS13)