PICKENS COUNTY (WSPA) – The Pinnacle Mountain wildfire in Pickens County is now 35% contained. But it has also grown to nearly 3,300 acres.
That’s according to an update from the SC Forestry Commission Wednesday morning.
This is an improvement from Tuesday night, when the fire was about 25% contained.
Fire officials say after foggy conditions Tuesday cleared, fire crews were able to make some progress.
National Guard helicopters also dropped drop water on hot spots, especially in the Panther Gap area between Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock.
Wednesday’s plans include patrolling the burnout areas, improving firelines, and using helicopters again to cool hot spots.
Fire officials will also be going door to door to let neighbors know the status of the fire.
Nearly 170 people from various agencies are working to put out the fire.
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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.
The news about the two arrests in the Gatlinburg wildfires came on December 7 in a live TBI news conference.