PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Fire crews continue to battle a growing wildfire on Pinnacle Mountain at Table Rock State Park in Pickens county.
Over 200 responders are trying to contain the fire by ground and in the air. Pickens county officials say light rain in the area slowed the progression of the wildfire, but didn’t help much to put it out Sunday morning.
The flames spread more than 500 acres overnight, covering over 2,100 acres, according to officials. The South Carolina National Guard and the Forestry Commission have dropped thousands of gallons of water over the weekend in hopes of containing the blaze.
People living nearby were able to return home Sunday after voluntary evacuations were lifted.
Many residents told 7 News they’re ready to see an end to the wildfire and are grateful for all of the hard work from first responders.
“It is scary,” Teressa Ramey said. “It’s awful seeing it happen but what do you do? You just pray for their safety.”
“It has been scary,” Toni Pressley added. “I just can’t imagine what it is like for the people that live over here.”
Firefighters continue to monitor nearby neighborhoods at Table Rock State Park. They say the area is still dangerous and have instructed residents to be ready in case more evacuations are needed in coming days.
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It is about 20 miles south of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek.
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