State of Emergency declared for Pickens Co.

PICKENS CO., SC (WSPA) – Pickens County Council has declared a state of emergency because of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire.

They say the fire poses a threat to public order and threatens the life, health and safety of people in the county.

According to the declaration, there’s a possibility that the fire could disrupt communications, interfere with the use of roadway and poses “substantial threats to public order.

Declaration of a state of emergency would allow the county to get state and federal funds.

The state of emergency will be in effect for 20 days unless terminated by the council.

More evacuations are expected Wednesday.

Pickens County is encouraging residents to register their contact information with our Reverse Notification System so you can receive emergency alerts from them in the event of evacuations.

The Pinnacle Mountain wildfire has also grown to nearly 3,300 acres as of Wednesday morning and was 35 percent contained.

That’s an improvement from Tuesday night, when the fire was about 25 percent contained.

Officials say fire crews were able to make some progress after foggy conditions cleared Tuesday.

National Guard helicopters also dropped water on hot spots, especially in the Panther Gap area between Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock.

Wednesday’s plans include patrolling the burnout areas, improving fire lines, and using helicopters to cool hot spots.

Fire officials will also go door to door to let neighbors know the fire status.

About 170 people are battling the fire.

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