UPDATE: Friday, 11/20/20- All closed areas are open again.
#BurnAlert The Pisgah Ranger District is planning to conduct a 200-acre prescribed burns this week*. The burn will be located in the Sam Knob area. The goal of this #GoodFire is to maintain and improve the open area of the balds and improve wildlife habitat.
For the safety of firefighters and forest visitors there will be a few temporary closures within the burn area. These temporary closures include Black Balsam Road (FSR 816) just past the Art Loeb Trail crossing, the Black Balsam parking lot at the end of FSR 816, Flat Laurel Creek Trail (#346), Sam Knob Trail (#617), and Sam Knob Summit (#617A).
*The dates for the burns and the actual number of units burned will depend upon weather conditions.