Saluda contains 30-acre woods fire

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Fire broke out Sunday along Holbert’s Cove Road

SALUDA—A fire burned approximately 30 acres on Holbert Cove Road in Saluda on Sunday afternoon. 

The brush fire was contained by 7 p.m. Sunday with crews still on scene mopping up hot spots and patrolling fire lines. 

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The Saluda Fire Department was first on scene, located in the 5000 block of Holbert Cove Road. The department sent messages via social media on Sunday asking people to stay clear of the area. 

The Columbus Fire Department, Mill Spring Fire Department, Green Creek Fire and Rescue, the Polk County Rescue Squad, Polk County EMS, Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue, Valley Hill Fire and Rescue, Mountain Home Fire and Rescue and the North Carolina Forest Service assisted with the fire and operations on Sunday. A helicopter was used to help pour water on the fire. 

The Polk County Rescue Squad reported that it provided rehab and medical services to firefighters as well as shuttling firefighters in and out of the area. 

“We want to say a job well done to all the fire departments today for bringing the fire under control and managing the fire in such tough terrain and battling some unfavorable conditions,” said the Polk County Rescue Squad.