Controlled Burn to Stop Page County Fire

Hunters and residents in the area of a forest fire in Page County will see some extra smoke Saturday, but officials say they shouldn't be worried.

The Lokey Hollow Fire in the George Washington National Forest was reported early in the morning October 24.

The fire has burned almost 400 acres and is about 40 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service officials say they do not know when the fire will be contained, but they are going to conduct a controlled burn Saturday to reduce the amount of fuel upon which the forest fire could feed.

Firefighters are having problems getting the fire under control because of falling leaves that have been blown outside containment lines.

Because of the forest fire and the controlled burn, several roads and trails in the area will be closed Saturday. These include Trail 416 Massanutten Mountain South, Forest Service Road 375 (Pitt Springs) and part of Cub Run Road near Catherine Furnace.

Firefighters will begin the controlled burn Saturday morning, east of the forest fire's location.

The forest service says muzzle loader hunters should stay away from the area.