Escaped campfire blamed for Pilot Mountain blaze



The wildfire at Pilot Mountain State Park caused damage to more than 1,000 acres on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Pinnacle, NC (Allison Lee Isley / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)


A wildfire at Pilot Mountain State Park burned 1,100 acres (445 hectares) and was about 80% contained on Thursday, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

Although humidity is low and winds are gusty, officials said the blaze was within existing containment lines and resources were adequate. The blaze that was first reported on Saturday night in the park northwest of Winston-Salem was caused by an escaped campfire in an undesignated area, officials said. The park is known for its iconic pimple that rises approximately 1,500 feet (450 meters) above the surrounding terrain. The park remains closed.

Authorities on Monday issued a statewide outdoor burning ban, citing dry conditions statewide.

Meanwhile, the 300-acre (121-hectare) Huntsville Mountain fire on Pogue Mountain is about 45% contained, officials said. Currently, 10 structures are at risk, but officials said no structures were damaged and there were no evacuations.

The cause of this fire is unknown and is still under investigation.


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