Steep Valley Fire In West Virginia Burns Over 2000 Acres

  • Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Published: 11/17/2023 12:00 AM

The Steep Valley Fire has burned more than 2200 acres of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The National Park Service said the Steep Valley Fire was first reported on Monday, Nov. 6 and is now 78 percent contained. The fire continues to burn minimally in steep and rugged parts of inaccessible terrain. Hunters and visitors are advised to avoid the War Ridge and Backus Mountain areas near Meadow Bridge in Fayette County. A helicopter was brought in on Wednesday to perform aerial water drops using water from the New River. On Thursday, crews continued to monitor existing fire lines with strategic controlled burns to burn out pockets of fuel to help strengthen existing lines. To date, only one minor injury to a firefighter has been reported. The cause of the Steep Valley Fire remains under investigation.


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