FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) – A brush fire in the New River Gorge has quickly developed into a large fire.

Brian Massey

Rain is not expected until late Thursday night into early Friday morning as the remnants of Hurricane Nicole work their way into the region.

Until then, very dry conditions, leaves on the ground and a stiff breeze are continuing to cause dangerous conditions for brush fires.

Many fire departments are currently battling the blaze, including but not limited to the Smithers and Montogomery Fire Departments.

Dave Bieri, District Supervisor with the National Park Service says that the fire was near the WildRock subdivision and says portions of the subdivision are being evacuated but the fire did not present a direct threat to the subdivision the last that he had heard.

Additionally, Eve West, the Chief of Interpretation with the New River Gorge added engines from Beckley and an engine from Pennsylvania will assist on November 10. West says crews will monitor overnight and begin “suppression actions” in the morning.