Johnson City Press: Pond Mountain Forest Fire contained

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Pond Mountain Forest Fire contained

• May 2, 2018 at 10:43 PM

HAMPTON — A forest fire burned about 50 acres on the mountain slopes above the Southwest shore of Watauga Lake on Tuesday, but has now been contained.

The fire is being called the Pond Mountain Fire. It was near U.S. Highway 321 in the Lakeshore Marina area.

Thomas Jenkins, a spokesman for the Cherokee National Forest Service, said fire personnel are working the lines, but internal burns continue. He said smoke will probably continue to be seen from the site for the next few days.

The fire began around the Pond Mountain Shooting Range. Jenkins said no structures have been damaged in the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Jenkins said the fire’s cause is not yet known, but an investigation is being conducted.

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