Camp Daniel Boone Fire 80% Contained, Cals Creek Fire 90% Contained

first_imgThe cause of both fires remains under investigation. We are in spring wildfire season, and fire danger is expected to remain high across Western North Carolina this week. Due to these extended hazardous fire conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning for 32 Western North Carolina counties. Photo from Getty Images Firefighters continued to make progress containing the Camp Daniel Boone Fire in Haywood County and the Cals Creek Fire in Macon County. Firefighters are monitoring the fires, which are 80% and 90% contained. Unless conditions change, no additional fire activity is expected on either fire. This will be the last update on the Camp Daniel Boone and Cals Creek fires. The Camp Daniel Boone Fire remained at 72 acres and is now 80% contained. The Lake Logan VFD provided 19 volunteers and a variety of firefighting equipment to protect numerous structures for the first 24 hours. The assistance of these dedicated volunteers is critical in the success of US Forest Service firefighting efforts. The Cals Creek Fire remained at 90 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire started on Friday, April 3, and is burning on US Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest east Otto, NC. 30 firefighters remain on scene. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and are extinguishing any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. Firefighting resources to contain the Cals Creek fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as fire crews from The Nature Conservancy. center_img The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire operations but are expected to reopen later in the week. For updates on these closures, contact the Pisgah Ranger District, (828) 877-3265. Firefighting resources to contain the Camp Daniel Boone Fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as the Lake Logan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The burning ban went into effect on April 3, and will remain in effect until further notice. The fire started Friday, April 3 on private property off Little East Fork Rd. and burned into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. 10 US Forest Service firefighters remain on scene to monitor the fire and patrol for any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. For more information, visit https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm. The US Forest Service urges the public to practice caution as they visit the national forests. Visitors are asked to follow guidance under the burn ban and consider postponing their camping trips. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures.last_img read more

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Raheem Sterling already focused on Manchester City’s next game

first_imgRaheem Sterling is looking onwards and upwards after igniting his Manchester City career with a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth. Wilfried Bony also struck twice as the Barclays Premier League leaders made light of the absences of key attacking duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva at the Etihad Stadium. But with star striker Aguero likely to be out for at least a month and playmaker Silva for a fortnight, Sterling is aware there are tougher challenges ahead. They start with Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday before City then travel to Old Trafford for next Sunday’s derby against Manchester United. Sterling said: “It is always good to be on the scoresheet and even better to get a hat-trick. That was my best game so far for City – I had chances and I finished them so I’m happy. “But the game has gone now and I need to focus on the next game and hopefully try to get on the scoresheet then. We have to put this game to one side now and look towards Sevilla and Man United next weekend.” Sterling played just behind lone striker Bony with the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne to his left and Jesus Navas on the right. Bournemouth did have a good early penalty appeal rejected but City’s attack soon started to fire as Sterling and Bony both struck in the opening 11 minutes. Glenn Murray replied but Sterling showed great composure to net another after being released by a brilliant De Bruyne pass and completed his treble before the interval, although Navas should have taken the initial chance. Bony claimed his second with a neat turn in the closing minutes and Kelechi Iheanacho had another effort ruled out for offside. The performances of the forwards, and particularly of De Bruyne and the understanding between Bony and Sterling, were among the highlights and bode well for City at a time when squad depth is being tested. Sterling said: “The movement up front and the passing from midfield has been really good in the last few games and we’ve been playing some good, free-flowing stuff. “I thought Wilf was unbelievable. He brought people into the game and scored goals when he needed to. That was a credit to him.” For Bony there was also great satisfaction. His City career is yet to get going with a combination of international commitments, injuries and illness – now revealed to be malaria – having hampered him since his £25million January move from Swansea. Bony said: “This is a good chance for me and it started to work, so let’s hope it carries on like this.” Bournemouth’s preparations had been disrupted when goalkeeper Artur Boruc aggravated a thigh injury in the warm-up and had to be replaced by Adam Federici. It was the latest in a series of injury problems to hit the promoted side, having already lost Tommy Elphick, Callum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings to long-term problems. Manager Eddie Howe said: “With our full squad this would be an incredibly tough task and it is even more so with the players we have out. “But we are going to have to cope. I still believe the squad we have got is able to be competitive, despite the fact we have so many players out long term. We are not looking at that as an excuse.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Leonard Fournette leads No. 8 LSU to 34-24 win over Syracuse

first_imgLeonard Fournette started what could have been the theme of a blowout Syracuse loss. Ron Thompson had wrapped up LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, who pitched it to Fournette moments before his knee hit the turf.The 230-pound running back barreled past midfield and down to the 15-yard line, a 50-yard run that just moments before looked like at least a 5-yard loss. Until that point, SU’s defense had done a good job of gang-tackling the Heisman Trophy candidate to the tune of 17 yards on four plays.Fournette got up and pounded his chest. His biggest play seemed destined to be the breakout play. The start of the inevitable.Instead Syracuse’s defense continued to rise to the occasion. LSU had only seven first-half first downs. Whenever a big play seemed to turn the tide, a flag would bring it back. But against LSU, even SU’s best effort wasn’t enough, as the Orange could only punch back so many times in a 34-24 loss to LSU on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.The Tigers opened up the second half with 10 straight points. The last seven of them were on a 69-yard punt return from the booming foot of Riley Dixon. The kick went so deep that Tre’Davious  White was able to find space in the return coverage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut quarterback Zack Mahoney and Syracuse came back with their most fluid drive of the afternoon. A 15-yard penalty on LSU got the move started. Two plays later, Brisly Estime had the ball drop into his hands at the tail end of a 40-yard touchdown.But Fournette, who had more than 200 yards for the second straight game, once again squandered SU’s chances. He burst through the defense for 62 yards. Two SU defenders trailed just yards behind him as he sped into the end zone, slowing up only as he took his final step to make the spread 14 again.In total Fournette ran for 244 yards on 26 carries, reaching the end zone twice.Mahoney continued his second-half resurgence into the fourth quarter when the Orange once again sliced the lead in half to 24-17. But on a third-and-9 on the ensuing LSU possession, with Fournette on the sideline, Harris hit Travin Dural — who had left SU cornerback Julian Whigham steps behind him — for a 51-yard reception. Whigham was left flat-footed on the next play too, as Malachi Dupre hauled in a touchdown in the right corner of the end zone.Syracuse had been impossible to put away all day. In a game when it could have happened quickly and painfully, the Orange found ways to make it close. But the final blow was too big to come back from, and Syracuse lost its first game of the season.    Comments Published on September 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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