100 acres burn in Pickens Co. after downed power line causes fir - FOX Carolina 21

100 acres burn in Pickens Co. after downed power line causes fire

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Picture of a brush fire in Central Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 2, 2014/Source: FOX Carolina iWitness) Picture of a brush fire in Central Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 2, 2014/Source: FOX Carolina iWitness)
The fire started Wednesday afternoon on Brown Bottom Road, off Seneca Road. (Apr. 2, 2014/Source: FOX Carolina iWitness) The fire started Wednesday afternoon on Brown Bottom Road, off Seneca Road. (Apr. 2, 2014/Source: FOX Carolina iWitness)
CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Roads reopened after a brush fire kept residents from their homes in Pickens County on Wednesday afternoon.

Forestry officials said firefighters set a line with bulldozers and closed roads after the fire started on Brown Bottom Road, off Seneca Road.

Officials said they used thousands of gallons of water to contain the fire that burned about 100 acres.

Firefighters said the fire started because of a downed power line.

"The smoke was really thick by my house and ashes were falling," Harold Farmer said.

He lives near the area of the fire.

"I hope it doesn't come up this way because I've got a lot of woods on my land," Farmer said.

It appears the fire did not damage any homes or structures in the area, but did threaten a few.

Old Seneca, Laurens Bridge and Jones Mill roads reopened around 6 p.m. and Brown Bottom Road reopened later Wednesday night.

Firefighters said they will monitor the area for hot spots throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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