PICKENS, S.C. (WSPA) – The S.C. Forestry Commission is planning a large-scale burnout operation Thursday to stop the spread of Pinnacle Mountain fire in Pickens County.
The operation will be on both sides of Table Rock and extend north to the Table Rock Reservoir, south to the Pinnacle Lake area, and east to the Table Rock State Park boundary near High Low Gap, officials say.
The burnout is estimated at over 2,000 acres, according to the S.C. Forestry Commission.
They say the operation will put a large amount of additional smoke in the air in northern Pickens County.
People traveling in the area are urged to use caution and avoid SC 11.
People with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay inside.
An area north of SC 11 is close to the burnout operation and will be evacuated on Thursday, officials say.
This area includes Back Park Road to Saluda Road and north to Table Rock Reservoir.
About 70 families will be affected.
Evacuees with special needs, pets or anyone needing assistance to the shelter are asked to call 864-898-2437.
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Firefighters are doing everything they can to bring the fire under control before the weekend, because a cold front will be moving through the mountains, bringing high winds and lower humidity.
The Pinnacle Mountain fire was 35 percent contained at about 3,283 acres as of Wednesday.
Numerous agencies and organizations are working to contain the fire, with nearly 170 personnel assigned to this operation.
The operation is being coordinated by the S.C. Forestry Commission and Holly Springs Fire Department.
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