Fire closes Pilot Mountain State Park

From staff reportsNovember 10, 2012 

— A controlled burn that jumped its boundary has closed Pilot Mountain State Park and continues to burn over 150 acres.

Crews lit the fire Thursday to clear leaves and undergrowth in part of the park, but the blaze climbed a tree and embers crossed over the fire line, said state Parks and Recreation spokesman Charlie Peek. No injuries have been reported.

About 45 fire fighters and state park personnel were battling the fire Saturday. It continues to burn slowly, and there is no timetable set for having it extinguished.

A satellite section on the Yadkin River remains open. The rest of the park will stay closed until conditions are considered safe.

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