Firefighters Working to Stop Wildfire

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A fire burning in Page and Shenandoah counties was sized up Tuesday.

The South Fork Fire is located between Harbron Gap and Indian Grave Ridge in the George Washington National Forest.

It was reported Monday as being only five acres; however, the fire grew significantly overnight and Tuesday because of high winds.

75 firefighters worked Tuesday on the ground trying to control the spread.

The fire is located in such a steep and remote area that not even firefighters can get to it.

They are looking around the location of the fire trying to construct fire lines.

Because of the terrain, fire crews are going to have to let the fire grow to get the equipment in to build the lines.

The National Forest Rangers said the safety of the public and firefighters is always first priority.

"It is hunting season and we recognize that people want to be out hunting, but it is Virginia state law that says you cannot hunt adjacent to an active wildfire. So we ask for the safety of our hunters of our visitors, of our trail users and our firefighters that people stay away from this area," said Stephanie Chapman with the Forest Service.

Chapman said that because of the weather conditions and the rough terrain, people will see smoke for several days.

She also said no structures or homes are in any danger.


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