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UPDATE: New River Gorge fire 100% contained and controlled

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) -- The fire at Fern Creek is completely contained and controlled.

There is still smoldering inside the containment lines, but nothing that will threaten the perimeter.  

The fire will continue to be monitored as a precaution.  It won't be officially declared "out" until the area receives more rainfall.  This could happen as soon as the end of the week.

Good news for hikers, the Endless Wall trail and associated areas are now reopen.  

The fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.  

FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - A wildfire that burned approximately 130 acres in the New River Gorge is now 100 percent contained and 75 percent controlled, park officials said in a news release Saturday.

This means that there are fire containment lines completely surrounding the perimeter of the fire. It does not mean that the fire is completely out or totally controlled, the release states.

Nearly a half-inch of rain on Friday was helpful in efforts to control the blaze.

The Endless Wall area of the park will remain closed until the fire is completely controlled and the area deemed safe for public use. 

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Park Service officials say the wildfire burning in the New River Gorge since Sunday night may be fully contained by this evening.

Crews had made significant progress on containment of the fire. The fire was said to be 75 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.

Containment lines had been completed at the north and south ends of the fire, preventing any further spread. Officials say the burn area remains at around 130 acres.

The Endless Wall area of the park will remain closed as crews work to cut hazardous trees.

Officials say they have determined that the fire was human-caused. The fire remains under investigation.


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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in that is spreading in the New River Gorge.

National Park Service officials said Tuesday morning that the fire had now burned 130 acres.

Crews were working Tuesday to build a fire line to stop the fire's spread. The forecast for increased cloud cover and higher relative humidity will aid in firefighting efforts, according to a news release from Park Ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk.

In addition to NPS staff, crews from the Mount Hope Fire Department and the Midewin Hot Shots, a 20-person wildland firefighting crew were working Tuesday to contain the blaze.

The Endless Wall Trail, including the Fern Creek and Nuttall parking areas and climbing areas in the vicinity remain closed.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Crews are currently battling a wildfire near the New River Gorge National River.

The fire began around 11:15 p.m. Sunday near the Fern Creek area of the park. Rangers from the National Park Service and crew from the Fayetteville and Nuttall fire departments began working in the early morning hours Monday to contain the blaze.

As of Monday afternoon, 14 wildland firefighters were working the fire. Additional crews were being called in to assist.

As a result, the Endless Wall trail is closed from the Fern Creek parking area to Diamond Point, according to the National Park Service website. Climbing areas in the vicinity are also closed.
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