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“HUMAN CAUSED” PILOT MOUNTAIN FIRE

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Firefighters in North Carolina are working to put out a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned more than 300 acres. Winds and drought have created challenging conditions.

The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department said the park is closed and likely will be all week. The fire is progressing down the mountain fairly quickly, according to Jimmy Holt with the North Carolina Forestry Service.

The first call of a fire came in around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, when the park was open to the public.

“There were campers here,” said Holt. “Those were the only evacuations made – a few campers that were on the site.” -WRAL

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