Pinnacle Mountain fire update: Evacuees still advised to stay away

PICKENS CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Firefighters had a successful day at Pinnacle Mountain, despite the strong winds, officials say.

But even with this success, Pickens County Emergency Management is asking that evacuees in the Back Park Road, Country Creek Drive, and the west side of South Saluda Road remain out of the area until at least noon on Monday, November 21st.

“We understand the significance of prolonged evacuation and its inconvenience but this decision is always made in the best interest of our citizens”, stated Denise Kwiatek, Director of Pickens County Emergency Management.

Luckily, crews have not had any issues that would be of significant concern today, but the low humidity and strong winds have caused expected hot spots and spot fires to appear.

Those hot spots and spot fires will be addressed through aerial water drops, dozers, and wildland firefighters, officials say.

Citizens are reminded to avoid the Highway 11, Highway 178 North, and South Saluda Road areas to reduce traffic and congestion around the fire area.

The fire crews are thankful for the materials donated. Those wishing to support the ongoing operations on Pinnacle Mountain can do so by making a financial donation to the Firefighting Efforts Pickens County gofundme account or to the American Red Cross Donate page.

Pickens County is encouraging residents to register their contact information with the Code Red Notification System so you can receive emergency alerts in the event of evacuations.

You can find more information by clicking here.

Please call the following number for current conditions on evacuations and the status of the fire: (864) 898-5373.  The pre-recorded message at this number will be periodically updated to reflect current conditions.

Please call 864-898-2437 for questions, concerns or assistance.

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