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Upstate church prepared to host Pickens Co. wildfire evacuees

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Pinnacle Mountain fire prompts evacuation call in Pickens. Source: SC Forestry Commission) Pinnacle Mountain fire prompts evacuation call in Pickens. Source: SC Forestry Commission)
Pinnacle Mountain fire (Courtesy: SC Forestry Commission) Pinnacle Mountain fire (Courtesy: SC Forestry Commission)
Red Cross members at East Pickens Baptist Church. (November 12, 2016 FOX Carolina) Red Cross members at East Pickens Baptist Church. (November 12, 2016 FOX Carolina)
Volunteers gather supplies at Midway Baptist Church in Pickens, where Pickens Co. evacuees are welcome to shelter in place during the wildfires. (FOX Carolina/ 11/12/16) Volunteers gather supplies at Midway Baptist Church in Pickens, where Pickens Co. evacuees are welcome to shelter in place during the wildfires. (FOX Carolina/ 11/12/16)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As the Pinnacle Mountain fire in Pickens County rages on, an Upstate church has opened its doors for residents after officials urged people in the area to evacuate.

Saturday morning, Pickens Fire Department and the SC Forestry Commission issued an evacuation call for residents in several areas of Pickens County being affected by the fire. 

The Red Cross has set up an emergency evacuation shelter at East Pickens Baptist Church located on 2244 Gentry Memorial Highway. Initially, the emergency evacuation shelter was to be located at Midway Baptist Church in Pickens, but due to the need for space for additional evacuees it was moved.

Red Cross volunteers are on site prepared to assist evacuating residents with shelter. They are providing meals, snacks and hydration to first responders on the scene.

The evacuation recommendation for the SC Forestry Registry Commission and Pickens Fire Department continues to be for residents who live just south and southwest of the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock State Park.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, four evacuees were at the emergency shelter. The evacuees will be staying in the gym area at the church.

According to a Red Cross spokesperson, arrangements have been made for pets to be cared for by CART, the Tri-State County Animal Response Team.

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