That pesky fire on Sauratown Mountain is out, right? Right? Right?
Well, actually not, at least according to the latest information from the point person on the fire, Jonathan Young, Stokes County Ranger with the N.C. Forest Service, who says the fire is still “95% contained” after burning about 40 acres. And some of those acres have burned more than once.
“Since last week we have experienced several reburns inside the perimeter,” Young said on Monday. “I’m estimating that of the 40 acre total, roughly half of that has reburned (burned again) since the initial fire days of Nov. 9-11."
Young continued, “And when I say reburn, that relates to fire occurring again where we have already experienced fire before on this incident. This has been our biggest concern since we got a hand dug fire line established around the perimeter of the fire on Nov. 11. Fire burned through the forest eliminating the majority of fuels on the forest floor in the initial days of the fire, but since then the trees have almost dropped all their leaves which has covered the entire burn area again."