As heavy fire behavior continues, Wildfire Today reports the Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC) is at planning level 5 with 73 active fires, more than 109,500 acres burned and 3,492 personnel. A total of 242 engines, 19 helicopters and 103 hand crews are also assigned. Earlier this month Kentucky was under a state of emergency with 38 active fires. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency today with 19 fires and 40,000 acres burned since Oct. 23.
Nearly 80 MNICS personnel are now in eight states: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Resources may also soon be needed in Tennessee. Among those, MIFC fire behavior analyst B.J. Glesener is at SACC headquarters in Atlanta producing the daily Southern Fire Environment Outlook showing high fire potential in Georgia, Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. The region is still in need of dispatchers and crew replacements, so please make your availability known to your duty officers.