Pinnacle Mountain Fire still burning Tuesday in Pickens County

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PICKENS COUNTY (WSPA) – Fire officials will monitor an area of intentional burnout Tuesday as they continue to fight the Pinnacle Mountain Fire in Pickens County.

Crews burned approximately 400 acres on Monday to help reduce the amount of fuel for the fire according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Officials also announced that while an escaped campfire was determined as the cause of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire, it was not one created by a group of Boy Scouts.

The plan for Tuesday will be to patrol the burnout area to the west of the fire while monitoring conditions in the northwest corner of the fire near the South Saluda River.

Helicopters will continue to be in use, especially in the Panther Gap area.  On the east side of the fire, crews will improve firelines and scout possible locations for additional firebreaks.

Smoke is again expected to linger in the area. Forestry Commission officials plan to go door-to-door in the area to update people living in the area on the status of the fire.

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