A roughly 50-acre fire spurred by a bolt of lightning from Monday night’s storm is 40 percent contained as of Thursday morning.
Located in a rural area between Highways 35 and 280, the blaze quickly expanded from 30 acres on Tuesday morning to 50 acres that afternoon. No structures have been threatened and no one has been ordered to evacuate the area as a result of the blaze, however Huddart and Wunderlich Parks were still closed to the public as of Thursday.
Wunderlich Park is expected to be open on Friday and authorities are waiting to make a judgment call on Huddart Park, a parks employee told the Review early Thursday afternoon.
A portion of Kings Mountain Road was closed between Skyline Boulevard and Patrol Road as of Thursday afternoon.
The fire has been fueled by ample vegetation in the area and firefighters have struggled with accessing the blaze due to steep terrain and distance from a roadway. Crews have had to either hike in more than a mile from the roadway to reach the flames or be transported via helicopter, said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox
Water has been sourced from the responding engines and water tenders. Roughly 8,000 to 12,000 feet of hose has been needed in order to reach the burning sections while helicopters and tankers have battled the flames from above.
Both the cause and size of the blaze are unusual for the area.
“(It’s) one of the larger fires in the county in the past 10 years,” Cox said. “A very rare event.”
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