The U.S. Forest Service is continuing their investigation into the cause of the Hurricane Ridge fire. Hundreds of acres were still burning in Haywood County by the weekend, but fire investigators said there were no expected threats for the fire to spread past the containment area. It initially began sparked just before Thanksgiving.
Significant rainfall aided firefighting efforts on the Hurricane Ridge Fire, which is now estimated at over 700 acres.
November 30th, firefighters conducted successful burnout operations focused on reducing fuels near the southern edge of the fire off Hurricane Creek Rd. These actions secured firelines to protect private property and structures. Overnight, the fire received approximately 1 inch of rainfall, but specific totals were inconsistent across the area.