PICKENS – Firefighters are burning out an area on the northwestern side of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire, near Emory Gap along the Foothills Trail, in an attempt to prevent the fire from spreading in that area. This burnout will put additional smoke in the air in northern Pickens County.
Since winds are light today, much of the smoke will remain close to the ground. Motorists traveling in the area are urged to use caution and people with respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay indoors.
As of Monday morning, the Pinnacle Mountain Fire was at 2,312 acres, with containment at 25 percent. Visibility has improved somewhat and helicopter bucket drops by the S.C. National Guard have resumed. The Guard’s Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters are assisting firefighters by cooling hot spots with water.
About 140 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, representing the S.C. Forestry Commission, Pickens and Oconee County fire departments, S.C. National Guard, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Clemson University, S.C. Department of Transportation, S.C. Firefighter Mobilization, Greenville Water System and Pickens and Greenville County Sheriff’s Departments.
By the end of the day Monday, it was reported to be 1,365 acres and 20 percent contained.
It is about 20 miles south of Waynesville, North Carolina, in the headwaters of Crawford Creek.
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