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Service: Forest fires are out, cleanup done

The clean up from several fires plaguing the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests is done, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.

Public information officer Stephanie Bushong said in a Tuesday email that an after-action review was held Monday, and that all the fires have been extinguished, and the fire lines and roads involved have been rehabilitated.

A fire that started after someone dumped ashes near the Wolf Gap Campground April 8 took more than a week to contain, and burned about 750 acres.

At around the same time, firefighters were battling a large blaze in Page County and two smaller ones on National Forest land in Shenandoah County.

All parts of the forest that had been closed off due to the fires are back open, according to Bushong's email. The fires are still being investigated.

Bushong thanked the fire departments in Shenandoah, Page and Rockingham counties, and Hardy County, W.Va. for their assistance, as well as area businesses and groups that helped with rooms, food, and other support.

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