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Old 11-16-2016, 05:56 PM
 
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On Wednesday November 9, 2016 fire spread from a campfire inside Table Rock State Park. The park is closed until further notice (see Table Rock State Park ).

Nick-named Pinnacle Mountain Fire. Multiple agencies are working the fire including SC Forestry Commission, SC National Guard, National Weather Service IMET (Incident Meteorologist), SC DNR, SC Parks, several other agencies, and several fire departments including:
-Holy Springs
-Batesburg-Leesville
-Cheddar (Belton)
-Columbia
-Pickens
-Oconee

As of Wednesday November 16, 2016 the fire size is about 3,283 acres and was 35% contained.

A major 'burnout' operation will take place Thursday November 17 to purposely burn over 2,000 acres ahead of the fire in order to starve it of fuel. "This burning operation, undertaken to bring the wildfire under control, will encompass both sides of Table Rock and will extend north to the Table Rock Reservoir, south to the Pinnacle Lake area, and east to the Table Rock State Park boundary near High Low Gap."

A cold front is expected to arrive this weekend with potentially gusty winds which could have serious consequences for areas affected by wildfires. Officials are "taking aggressive measures to bring the fire under control before that front arrives". About 70 families will be evacuated Thursday for this planned burn. Other wildfires in NC are prepping for gusty winds this weekend as well.

Officials are warning motorist to avoid Hwy11 as large amounts of smoke are expected from this burnout tomorrow.

Additional information can be found in these links:
Pickens County Emergency Management - Twitter: https://twitter.com/PickensCountyEM
SC DNR - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCDNR
SC Forestry Commission - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForestryCommish/
SC Forestry Commission - Twitter: https://twitter.com/forestrycommish
SC National Guard Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCNationalGuard










Last edited by Psychoma; 11-16-2016 at 06:52 PM.. Reason: Added photos
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:41 PM
 
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Several agencies and fire departments throughout South Carolina are involved in the operation.

At least 20 counties in South Carolina are under a burn ban until further notice. I would not be surprised if that ban is statewide.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:32 PM
 
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By late Thursday November 17 crews were able to burn 1,300 acres in the planned burnout area. Another 400 acres to be burned Friday. All indications so far are that it is a success. Goal is to limit the fuel source ahead of the main fire especially before this weekends expected higher winds while gaining containment.

SC Forestry Commission Facebook page has added a photo gallery with photos submitted to them of the fire (First two images are from this):
Pinnacle Mountain Fire Gallery














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Old 11-19-2016, 07:42 AM
 
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I have heard the entire state of South Carolina is now under a burn ban.
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Old 11-19-2016, 11:01 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Carolina Knight View Post
I have heard the entire state of South Carolina is now under a burn ban.
Yes, statewide ban due to dry conditions, low humidity, and windy conditions of approaching dry cold front. The ban does not include campfires or open flame cooking but some locations may have their own additional specific restrictions.

Current state burn ban press release: http://www.state.sc.us/forest/releas...burningban.pdf

Edit: also adding the Nationals weather Service has put the Upstate and some surrounding locations under a Red Flag Warning which also states these impacts:

"
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS...LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY AND EXTREMELY DRY VEGETATION BROUGHT ON BY THE
DROUGHT WILL RESULT IN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR THE
RAPID SPREAD AND GROWTH OF WILDFIRE. THE STATE FORESTRY
COMMISSION HAS ISSUED A BURN BAN FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF SOUTH
CAROLINA FOR THIS WEEKEND."

Details: http://weather.gov/gsp/
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Old 11-20-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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Winds Saturday caused the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock to jump containment lines in several spots, but crews were able to contain all of them except one location which will be their top priority Sunday.

More: https://m.facebook.com/ForestryCommish/
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Old 11-20-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. That's one of my favorite photo spots, I hope everything is going to be alright.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:01 PM
 
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From what I've heard this particular fire is burning low in the fallen leaves / underbrush mostly and leaving the standing tree top canopy's alone, but I'm guessing we won't know until spring how any trees survived. But that's why we see in their photos just smoke pouring out of the trees and very little actual flames.
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:10 PM
 
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I am hearing the fire is spreading into Transylvania County, North Carolina. ("SC Table Rock/Pinnacle Mountain Fire spreading north into NC.")
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Old 11-20-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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Maybe so. Looks like late this afternoon it was about a mile or so from the NC border a top Rocky Mountain which is just West-NorthWest of the Table Rock Reservoir. Continued breezy conditions and the terrain aren't helping containment efforts. Good news is other portions have been holding steady allowing resources to focus on this one area.
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