Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns 800 acres

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PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Authorities say a fire at Pilot Mountain State Park that's burned 800 acres is about 70 percent contained.

State Parks and Recreation spokesman Charlie Peek said Sunday that about 70 firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze, which began as a prescribed burn and was only supposed to reach 180 acres.

Peek says the fire has a low intensity and is burning dead wood, leaves and undergrowth with little damage to standing trees.

He says that means this blaze is reducing the risk of a catastrophic fire in the future.

State officials closed the park after flames jumped the fire line Thursday.

No one has been injured. Damage to park facilities is limited to fence rails and posts at viewing areas.

Officials are planning a public meeting Monday night to let residents ask questions about the fire.  It will be held at 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Baptist Church on Shoals Road. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.