Rain keeps wildfire, crews in holding pattern at Pinnacle Mtn. Fire

A view of Pinnacle Mountain Fire on the morning of Nov. 29. (WSPA)
A view of Pinnacle Mountain Fire on the morning of Nov. 29. (WSPA)

PICKENS Co., SC (WSPA) — Rain helped stop the spread of Pinnacle Mountain Fire over Friday night, officials said in a statement.

The wildfire was 10,560 aces as of Wednesday. Officials said rain has also reduced the threat of fire to nearby structures.

While the firelines appear to be holding well and the weather is keeping the fire at a minimum, officials stressed that the incident is far from over.

Division supervisors plan to scout the perimeter of the containment area. Crews won’t be dispatched to the lines Wednesday morning out of safety concerns. All air operations are suspended again today.

More rain today is expected to help contain the fire.

An approaching cold front will move into the area this afternoon, bringing with it up to an inch of rain and further contributing to the fire’s containment. All air operations will also be suspended again today.

Officials say heavy cloud cover and precipitation kept them from taking infrared imagery of the fire overnight, but incident command officials may order a new flight Wednesday evening to get a new picture of the fire for Thursday.

Even if frontline firefighting resources are scaled back over the next few days, officials said line improvement operations and mop-up operations likely will continue for weeks.

Click here for more information about the Pinnacle Mountain Fire.

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