Linville Gorge. Image via The Charlotte Observer

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Press release from the U.S. Forest Service, shared Dec. 4:

Law enforcement still seeking person of interest

BURKE COUNTY — U.S. Forest Service fire managers say the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge is 100 percent contained. Recent precipitation helped suppress the wildfire.

The gorge and its trails are open to the public. Visitors should use caution when in the gorge as there may be hazard trees or other conditions that pose safety risks.

Forest Service personnel will soon begin any rehabilitation efforts needed in the area.

Law enforcement officials continue to seek a person of interest who may have information related to the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The wildfire, which started on Nov. 12, burned 2,579 acres. The gorge is part of the Grandfather Ranger District in the Pisgah National Forest.

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