PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A forest fire on North Fork Mountain in Grant County has doubled in size in the past 24 hours according to the U.S. Forest Service.
“On Tuesday the fires was found to be about five acres and today it’s up to ten acres,” said Kelly Bridges, Public Information Officers with the Monongahela National Forest. “We have 20 firefighters on the fire right now and we’ve ordered 20 more to come tomorrow.”
The fire was first noticed on Monday burning along the North Fork Trail in a rugged and remote area about 12 miles west of Petersburg on the Monongahela National Forest. The Forest Service advised visitors to avoid the Redman Run Trail (TR507) and the portion of the North Fork Mountain Trail (TR501) between the Landis Trail (TR502) and Redman Run Trail.
“It’s very rugged and steep in the location of the fire, in fact the fire fighters are hiking in about three miles to get to the fire,” said Bridge. “It’s at the top of the mountain and it’s very steep on both sides.”
The fire as of Wednesday was about 20 percent contained according to Bridges. The area has not seen any measurable rainfall in more than 50 days and the dry conditions persist.
“At this time we have not put out any fire ban or anything like that, but we are encouraging people to be careful in the woods,” Bridges said. “It’s just really, really dry out there.”