Firefighters sacrifice Thanksgiving to put an end to NC wildfires


MORGANTON, N.C. — Wildfires don’t stop on Thanksgiving and neither do firefighters. Many have come from across the country to help fight the North Carolina wildfires, leaving their families on Thanksgiving.

While reading a wall of thank you cards from the Morganton Community, the firefighters from the Florida Forrest Service say that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

“Really makes us feel appreciated here,” said Keith Hardon of the Florida Forrest Service. “People have been real good to us.”

A stack of care packages also arrived just in time for the holiday of giving for more than 200 firefighters still battling the Chestnut Knob wildfire. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, they plan to share some of those packages with other crews still working to contain wildfires around the state.

 “We are not at home with our families and that’s not great,” said Shane Yarborough of the Florida Forrest Service. “But we do get to spend it with our second family which is our fire family.”

Fire crews tell Fox46 Charlotte the Chestnut Knob wildfire is 75 percent contained as of Thursday night. Yarborough tells Fox46 Charlotte he is thankful for some rain that fell Wednesday, but that presents a new challenge.

“That just makes the ground slick.  Its clay and those rocks get slick when they get wet,” said Yarborough. “So it’s been a little difficult getting around the fire.”    

Some families asked to evacuate their homes in line of the fire chose to stay through the holiday. As the Chestnut Knob wildfire is more contained, crews plans to downsize come December.  

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