Controlled burn on Pilot Mountain. Photo courtesy Judy Bullington.
Pilot Mountain, NC -- There will be more manpower and better machinery to fight a forest fire on Pilot Mountain when crews return to the sight Saturday morning.
They retired for the night after hours of battling the fire, which started on Thursday as a controlled-burn of 180 acres.
The fire has since jumped the containment lines and burned an additional 30-acres overnight Friday.
"Originally when they set this prescribed fire they did not violate any of the procedures. It met all of the conditions to burn the fire," John Shelton, director of the Surry County Emergency Management said. "They were working with the forestry service when they did that. It's just one of those situations where, when they got to the extent of the prescribed burn it did jump."
Shelton says crews have already secured parts of the mountain and will work on creating a fire-line on the west side Saturday.
There will also be a helicopter water-drop, above-head surveillance of the hot spots and some ground work throughout the day.
Light winds have drifted heavy smoke into nearby communities, but Shelton says there have been no lives lost or property damage.
"If [the smoke] is very heavy in the area that you're living or surrounding your residence, it would probably be a good idea to relocate until that moves about in a different direction," he said.
The incident management team, along with the Red Cross, has relocated a few families to other areas until the smoke clears.