More than 70 wildfires are burning thousands of acres across eight southern states include Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Dry weather and drought are fueling the blazes as more than 100,000 acres have already been burned and many have been evacuated. Smoke from the fires is hanging over some major cities, including Atlanta.
The South Carolina District of The Wesleyan Church is playing an important role in fighting the massive fires. Table Rock Retreat and Conference Center, which is owned by the South Carolina District, is acting as a command post for personnel and equipment in fighting the Pinnacle Mountain fire. Rooms for sleep, restrooms, and refreshments are all being provided for those using the command post. According to Rev. Buddy Rampey, district superintendent of the South Carolina District, “the largest fire in the upstate of South Carolina is adjacent to Table Rock.”
Local authorities have expressed gratitude to the South Carolina District for its generosity.
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