UPDATE: Wildfires tear through forest in Smoke Hole

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11/29/19, 11:20 a.m. UPDATE:
UPPER TRACT, WV (WVNS) — Firefighters battling the Smoke Hill blaze are still dealing with hazards such as rolling debris, downed trees, and uncontrolled fire edge. The calmed winds allowed the fire to decrease.

According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, more than 50 firefighters and four engines are on the scene. Personnel are engaging the fire directly on the west side by building a fireline to protect buildings. On the east side, crews are continuing to scout Cave Mountain and may conduct necessary burn out operations to buffer private land between Jake Hill Road and the National Forest boundary.

Smoke Hole Road is closed for public safety. The Forest Service wants to urge people that if you see smoke when you are driving, to slow down, turn your lights on, and drive the appropriate condition.


ORIGINAL STORY:
SMOKE HOLE, WV (AP) — Authorities say wildfires in West Virginia have burned about 2,000 acres of forestland in Grant and Pendleton Counties.

The West Virginia Natural Resources Police says the fires started early Thursday morning in Smoke Hole.

Officials have evacuated hunters and are telling people to stay away from the area until further notice.

Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the fire.

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