Crews will likely fight the Sauratown Mountain wildfires until Wednesday or later. Time makes the flames more difficult to contain. | Local News
State and local firefighters traveled to a remote and rugged country on Tuesday in an attempt to stop a wildfire on the southern tip of Sauratown Mountain. And there’s a good chance they’ll be back on Wednesday and maybe Thursday.
Crews used a bulldozer on Tuesday afternoon to create a firebreak and protect homes on Sugar Bush Lane in southwest Stokes County. The fire is located near Volunteer Road in the Pinnacle community.
The blaze started early Tuesday morning, said Dakota Paris, a forester with the NC Forest Service.
By 2:40 p.m., the flames had covered about 3 acres after starting on the mountain ridge, said Jonathan Young, a Stokes County ranger with the NC Forest Service.
The fire is burning in an area of rugged and steep terrain, and there are no access roads for vehicles.
A reconnaissance plane in the area is leading operations and a helicopter drops water, said Jimmy Holt, the Guilford Ranger of the NC Forest Service. At least one plane that can carry more water is en route from Kinston, and firefighters are hoping it can complete two water drops by dusk on Tuesday, Holt said.
Containing the fire is the priority, said Holt, although hot, dry weather with low humidity makes it more difficult. He said firefighters were using rocks and leaf blowers to create a line of fire and keep the flames from spreading.