Crews are digging more firelines across the remote mountains of northwestern Greenville County as they try to fight a growing wildfire that broke containment over the weekend near Table Rock State Park.
The Pinnacle Mountain Fire has burned more than 6,000 acres after crossing out of Pickens County via strong winds that helped it jump the South Saluda River on Saturday. Data from the South Carolina Forestry Commission shows the fire continues to expand across much of Rocky Mountain and Buzzard Mountain, which border the northern edge of the Table Rock Reservoir.
Forestry Commission fire staff forester Brad Bramlett said crews are having to fight the blaze by foot as helicopters continue to drop water from above. “The land is very rugged,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “These guys are having to walk in a long way. Some are using ATVs and UTVs and we’ve got some bulldozers, but there’s really no way to get back there to it. It’s just so remote.”
Roughly 60 hand crew members and three bulldozers spent Tuesday constructing lines from Table Rock Reservoir on the east around the fire to Benfield Road on the western perimeter, where Greenville and Pickens counties meet. The fire was considered 37 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. Officials hope the additional resources will be able to establish a line far enough outside of the fire’s perimeter to box it in to this new containment area.
However, while Bramlett said the fire continues moderate growth along its northern edge, the southern side by Table Rock is no longer considered an active threat, allowing more resources to focus on Greenville County.