UPDATE: 25 Firefighters Battling Rockingham Co. Wildfire
UPDATE: 11/16/2015 2:45 p.m.
A wildfire burning in western Rockingham County has burned about 400 acres since it was first discovered late Friday night.
The U.S. Forest Service said Monday afternoon the fire is located in the Mud Pond Area of Rockingham County. The fire is near the community of Union Springs.
At this point, there is no estimate of containment. Firefighters do not know how the fire started. Right now, 25 firefighters and one dozer are working against the fire. The Virginia Department of Forestry is cooperating with the effort.
The forest service said Cliff Trail (#429), Mud Pond Gap Trail (#544), and Hidden Rocks Trail (#511) are closed.
They said Peach Pond Road (FDR 255) is closed.
Hunters should be aware that hunting in the Mud Pond Area is not permitted due to the active wildfire.
The forest service added firefighters will continue to locate, construct and protect containment lines. The plan is to continue to keep the fire east of Hone Quarry Recreation Area and north of Union Springs Creek. They are working to place a dozer line on south side of fire.
They added the number-one priority is public and firefighter safety. Driving visibility will be limited due to smoky conditions.
They also said to please use caution when on national forest lands. Newly fallen leaves are dry and can quickly spread wildfires.
A wildfire is burning in western Rockingham County. On Sunday, it had doubled in size to an estimated 140 acres.
Saturday, a large amount of smoke could be seen from the Charlie Obaugh First Alert Sky Cam in downtown Harrisonburg.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed there is a fire in the George Washington National Forest. The Virginia Department of Forestry is handling the fire, according to emergency dispatchers.
The Virginia Department of Forestry confirmed the fire was about 70 acres in size. Firefighters are on scene watching the fire develop as a precautionary measure. Right now, there are no major roads in the area of the fire.
Local dispatchers said a staff member who tried to locate the fire site estimated it was around a mile beyond a meandering jeep trail called Union Springs Road. Observation of the smoke plume in relation to geographic landmarks could place the fire roughly three to seven miles northwest of Rawley Springs, but such reckoning is quite imprecise.