North Carolina State Park reopens to the public after fire containment

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The fire burns along the west ridge of Pilot Mountain Monday night, November 29, 2021, in North Carolina.  The blaze, which reportedly started on Saturday night, burned more than 500 acres Monday night and is expected to burn 900 as foresters started fires to protect homes below the mountain.  (Walt Unks / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

The fire burns along the west ridge of Pilot Mountain Monday night, November 29, 2021, in North Carolina. The blaze, which reportedly started on Saturday night, burned more than 500 acres Monday night and is expected to burn 900 as foresters started fires to protect homes below the mountain. (Walt Unks / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

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Almost an entire state park in northwest North Carolina is reopening after a wildfire burned more than 1,000 acres before being brought under control earlier this month.

The Yadkin River section of Pilot Mountain State Park reopened on Saturday. Most of the rest of the park will be accessible to visitors from Monday, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The Pinnacle Trail will remain closed until a fire-damaged protective fence can be rebuilt, North Carolina State Parks spokeswoman Katie Hall said.

The blaze started on Thanksgiving weekend due to an escaped campfire and eventually covered about half of the park, officials said.

The NC Forest Service reported the blaze was fully contained on December 4, but firefighters remained on site to remove dead trees that could fuel outbreaks. Park workers are now handling the leftovers.

“There are a few smoldering places that our staff are still watching,” Hall said. It cost $ 513,000 to fight the blaze, according to a report from the National Interagency Coordination Center.

The park is known for its iconic pimple that rises approximately 1,500 feet (450 meters) above the surrounding terrain.

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