Crews say the Pinnacle Mountain wildfire that has burned for nearly a month across Pickens and Greenville counties is now 100 percent contained.
“We got 4-5 days of really soaking rain of about an inch every day,” State Forestry Commission spokesman Doug Wood told South Carolina Radio Network. “That contributed a lot to the containment.”
Containment does not mean the fire is out or controlled, but refers to the percentage of its perimeter that firefighters are confident will hold. In other words, crews will likely spend several more weeks mopping up hotspots but do not expect the affected area to grow much beyond its current estimated 10,623 acres.
There were no reports of injuries or structural damage, largely because the fire stayed on public lands and remained at a relatively low intensity most of the time. Investigators believe it started from an escaped campfire on Nov. 9 and burned across the Jocassee Gorge Wilderness Area, Table Rock State Park and the Greenville Watershed.
Parts of Table Rock State Park reopened last week after three weeks of closure while crews fought the fire. The mountain trails remain closed for repairs, according to the State Park Service, although other trails and park facilities are open to the public.