Monongahela National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, WV 26241
Upper Tract, W.Va., November 29, 2019 – Fire activity has decreased now that winds have diminished, although firefighters are still dealing with numerous hazards such as rolling debris, downed trees, and uncontrolled fire edge. More than 50 firefighters and four engines are on the scene. Rain is expected to begin moving into the area Saturday afternoon.
Today fire personnel are engaging the fire directly on the west side by building fireline to protect structures. On the east side of the fire, crews are continuing to scout the Cave Mountain area and may conduct burn out operations as necessary to buffer private land between Jake Hill Road and the National Forest boundary.
The fire is generating visible smoke in the area, especially in the valleys. If you encounter smoke on the highway, slow down, turn on your vehicle’s lights, and drive appropriately for the conditions. The public is asked to avoid Smoke Hole Road, which is closed for public safety and due to emergency vehicles accessing the fire.
The Forest Service continues to support the Upper Tract Volunteer Fire Department and the West Virginia Division of Forestry as they assess concerns for private property in the area. Firefighters from the states of Kentucky, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are working on this incident, along with qualified Job Corps students.
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