A forest fire near the top of Lewis Mountain in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park has spread and continues to burn.
The National Park Service reports that the fire has already burned through 175 acres of forest near Lewis Mountain in South East Rockingham County, near Grottoes.
Dry and windy conditions are not helping the efforts to control the fire east of Grottoes. Fire crews continue to fight it. There is a red flag warning in effect because of the wind. Crews will stay on scene as long as possible Wednesday night and pick up again in the morning.
Julena Campbell with the National Park Service says, "When you have fewer winds and higher humidity, the fires tend to be less active. Fighting a fire at night can be difficult with visibility issues, not being able to see as much. But sometimes you get a little closer to the fire to put in those containment lines. The most active part of the fire is moving to the east which is moving into the park a little bit further so it's not really endangering any homes or any other structures of the park."
About 60 crew members are fighting the fire with two helicopters dropping water on the blaze. The fire is not contained yet.
Another 60 firefighters will be on scene Thursday.