Forest service takes control of forest fire fight
by Mondee Tilley
Civitas News Service
PILOT MOUNTAIN — As of Friday afternoon, about 100 acres have burned at Pilot Mountain State Park, according to Charlie Peek, spokesman for the North Carolina Park Service.
“The North Carolina Forestry Service is taking over the situation. We’ve got about three dozen people up here on the ground, mostly digging hand lines south of the fire. The fire is not moving hardly at all, just smoldering,” said Peek.
The fire got out of control on Thursday and eight area fire departments were called in to help control the blaze. By 8 p.m., the fire, which was a controlled burn to eliminate the potential for a forest fire, had burned three acres, according to John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services.
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