PICKENS COUNTY — As of Monday, the Pinnacle Mountain wildfire continued to burn in the northern parts of Pickens County and is estimated to have grown to more than 10,000 acres.
For the past few days, firefighters have concentrated much of their efforts on the northern front, and according to the S.C. Forestry Commission, completed a burnout in that area on Sunday afternoon.
“This action helped strengthen fire lines from Slicking Gap down to part of the Slickum Falls Road and established firebacks near Brushy Know down to the Table Rock Reservoir,” said SCFC officials. “During the night, fire crossed containment lines south of Brushy Knob, but firefighters worked into the early morning hours and were able to put lines around this area.”
The Commission also stated that work is progressing in other areas of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire as firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots and keep fire lines clear of falling leaves and other flammable debris.
“(On Monday), firefighters will continue to secure the northeast side of the fire by strengthening firebreaks and conducting a burnout operation just north of the Table Rock Reservoir toward Buzzard Mountain Road,” officials stated. “If successful, this action will stop the spread of the fire to the east. Crews will also patrol fire lines and cool hot spots throughout the fire perimeter.”
The blaze was estimated at 10,097 acres as of Nov. 28, and is considered to have been roughly 50 percent contained. There are no current evacuations at this point and the SCFC has stated the fire seems unlikely at this point to cross into Transylvania County in North Carolina.
A Type III Incident management team, four Type II hand crews, three engines, one Type III Helicopter, three Type I Helicopters, one Fixed-wing Air Attack, 10 bulldozers, two water tenders, two fire trucks and 281 personnel are currently assigned to battle the Pinnacle Mountain wildfire along with two additional hand crews that came in Monday afternoon to provide relief for teams transitioning out of the incident.
In total, the wildfire has so far come with a $4 million price tag which the SCFC has stated includes air support costs, but not individual county costs.
Table Rock State Park and the trail system remain closed as of the writing of this article but officials have said the park is expected to re-open in stages although some trails and interior areas of the park will remain closed due to fire activity.
Park officials urge all individuals planning a visit to the park to check the park website or call 864-878-9813 with any questions.
No injuries have been reported.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.