Pilot Mountain, NC-- A fire that started last Thursday from a prescribed burned is now fully contained.
NC Forest Officials were conducted a controlled burned last week when in Pilot Mountain State Park when part of the fire jumped the fire line. That started fire turned into a fire that firefighters have dealt with for almost a week now.
The controlled fire was to intentinally burn about 300 acres but has now ended with 675 acres burned.
Late Wednesday, NC Forestery officials said the Pilot Mountain Fire is now 100% contained. This does not mean it is completely out, but there is no danger of the fire spreading outside containment lines. Firefighters continued to patrol firebreaks looking for any remaining hot spots.
The rehabilitation of the fire area has begun. This includes smoothing up and stabilizing fire lines to prevent erosion, closing out access points no longer needed and making the area safe for the public.
Officials said there has been very little damage to standing timber, because the fire intensity was low, (slow moving with short flame lengths). The fire has reduced the amount of fuel on the ground, which was an objective of the prescribed burn started last Thursday.
The park will remain closed until park personnell can inspect all roads and trails for safety hazards. It may reopen in stages when they determine the safety of the areas.
The Yadkin River and Corridor Trail sections of the park are open to visitors.
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NC Forest Service