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*Wildfires continue to burn

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Lee C. Dieter took this photo of the fire near Wolf Gap from the front porch of his home on Liberty Furnace Drive at 9 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy Photo by Lee C. Dieter


By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

EDINBURG -- Firefighters are working to contain a wild fire in Wolf Gap that started yesterday.

The fire started sometime Sunday afternoon in the Wolf Gap Campground, U.S. Forest Service public information officer Stephanie Bushong said Monday afternoon.

"The fire is still very, very active," she said. "It's human-caused. Most likely, it could've been a camp fire."

The Forest Service doesn't yet have an estimate of the size of the fire or when it might be contained.

"We have absolutely no estimate of the containment or percentage contained or any [containment] dates," Bushong said.

Wolf Gap Road (Va. 675) was closed off Monday afternoon, as were Forest District Roads 92 and 88.

Gusty winds Sunday and Monday have fanned the flames, according to Bushong.
She said firefighters were battling to keep the fire from crossing Wolf Gap Road and heading higher up Great North Mountain.

Flames could be seen licking close to the road as two Forest Service firefighters fought them off with a hose. They then directed Bushong, a reporter and photographer to turn around and head back in the other direction.






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