Escaped campfire blamed for Pilot Mountain blaze; Pogue Mountain fire about 45% contained

Published 11:50 pm Thursday, December 2, 2021

PILOT MOUNTAIN  (AP) — A wildfire at Pilot Mountain State Park has burned 1,100 acres and was about 80% contained Thursday, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

Though the humidity is low and winds are gusty, officials said the fire is within the existing containment lines and the resources are adequate. The blaze that was first reported Saturday evening in the park northwest of Winston-Salem was caused by an escaped campfire in an undesignated area, officials said. The park is known for its iconic knob that rises about 1,500 feet above the surrounding terrain. The park remains closed.

Officials issued a statewide outdoor burning ban Monday, citing dry conditions across the state.

A 300-acre  Huntsville Mountain fire on Pogue Mountain was about 45% contained, officials said.  Ten structures have been threatened, but officials said none have been damaged and there have been no evacuations. The cause of the fire is unknown.