That wildfire near Winston-Salem started in a campfire. The fire at Pilot Mountain State Park has burned 1,100 acres and is about 80% contained Friday morning, according to the North Carolina Forest Service. Though the humidity is low and winds are gusty, officials said the fire is within the existing containment lines and the resources are adequate.
The blaze that was first reported Saturday evening in the park northwest of Winston-Salem was caused by an escaped campfire in an undesignated area. The park is known for its iconic knob that rises about 1,500 feet above the surrounding terrain.
The park remains closed. Officials issued a statewide outdoor burning ban Monday, citing dry conditions across the state.
Burn bans also remain in effect in Danville and just about all counties here on the Southside: Pittsylvania, Halifax, Henry, Charlotte and Mecklenburg. The Danville Fire Department was the first to issue the ban, citing the danger for wildfires due to the dry, windy weather conditions.
The National Weather Service said November was the driest on record for Danville. To date, rainfall totals in the city are running 14 inches below normal this year, with no rain in the forecast until Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the 300-acre Huntsville Mountain Fire on Pogue Mountain in North Carolina is about 45% contained, officials said. Currently, 10 structures have been threatened, but officials said no structures have been damaged and there have been no evacuations.
The cause of that fire is unknown and remains under investigation.