Pilot Mountain fire 100% contained following one week ablaze

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PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WNCN) – The Grindstone Fire that began at Pilot Mountain one week ago is now 100-percent contained, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Saturday morning.

N.C. Forest Service Red Incident Management Team will transition the fire back to local resources Sunday while firefighters will work to remove the hosing and excess equipment across the course of the next few days, the news release said.

The week-long fire burned 1,050 acres after kickstarting at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The quick-spreading also implemented a statewide burn ban on Monday at 5 p.m. that has not been disarmed at this time.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said.

Officials said the fire was caused by a campfire in an undesignated area.

Pilot Mountain State Park remains closed with no estimated time to reopen.

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