Controlled burn on Pilot Mountain. Photo courtesy Judy Bullington.
Pilot Mountain, NC -- Pilot Mountain State Park is still closed after a controlled burn on Thursday moved outside the designated burn area.
According to the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources, (NCDENR) a flare-up started at 3:30pm when embers from a standing, dead tree were blown across the fire line. About 30 acres outside the burn area were affected overnight; the designated burn area consisted of about 70 acres near the summit.
The uncontained fire is near a summit trail and rock climbing area on the western slope.
About 120 acres are involved in the fire, according NCDENR. No homes or park facilities are threatened by the fire. The Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection cautions people with heart or lung diseases in the greater Winston-Salem area to stay indoors to minimize health risk from smoke inhalation.
John Shelton, the Emergency Services Director for Surry County said that no people or homes are in danger. Crews will work through the night on Friday to draw the fire lines. They'll work on containing the fire over the next couple days.
Ironically, firefighters set the fire to burn off leaves and brush which over time can fuel a spontaneous wildfire.
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NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Surry County Emergency Services