Escaped campfire blamed for Pilot Mountain blaze

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Pilot Mountain fire on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna / WFMY)

PILOT MOUNTAIN, NC (AP) — A wildfire at North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain State Park was caused by an escaped campfire in an undesignated area, officials said.

The fire that has burned 1,100 acres was about 80% contained Thursday, according to North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The fire remains within containment lines and minimal fire activity with scattered smoldering was observed Wednesday, officials said. About 87 firefighting personnel from the North Carolina Forest Service and North Carolina State Parks are involved in the effort.

The park, northwest of Winston-Salem, 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.

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