Pilot Mountain mayor asks for donations to support firefighters as fire burns an estimated 500 acres

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PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WGHP) — Hundreds of acres of land are scorched as a fire continues to burn Monday on Pilot Mountain.

The call reporting the fire first came in around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

According to officials, the fire started at the Grindstone Trail and is now all the way around the mountain and backing down to the base.

The Mayor of Pilot Mountain, Evan Cockerham, posted on Facebook on Sunday, Nov. 28 that the situation is being closely monitored and that the dry forecast for the next few days is contributing to the spread of the flames.

Cockerham requests anyone in Surry and surrounding counties refrain from any outdoor burning and that if anyone sees outdoor burning, to contact local law enforcement.

The mayor goes on to say that their fire department could use donations. Items like bottled water, snacks, Gatorade, and other small things that could help them stay hydrated are welcome. He asks you drop these donations off at the fire station on Key Street.

Cockerham concluded his message on Sunday by asking God to “bless our first responders, our town, and our beautiful mountain.”

An official with the NC Forest Service says that an estimated 500 acres have burnt as of 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 after Pilot Mountain’s famous knob burnt overnight.

More crews will be joining those already fighting the fire from southern North Carolina counties and from east of Raleigh on Monday.

Planes were set to be in the air by 10 a.m.

However, the weather is “against” them as of this writing, according to the NC Forest Service. The dry, windy conditions expected Monday are going to complicate containment, especially given the terrain.

According to WGHP Meteorologist Emily Byrd, “A cold front is moving through, and the breeze it’s producing is going to enhance the danger of wildfires today.”

The NC State Parks and Recreation Department says Pilot Mountain State Park is expected to be closed all week.

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