August 26, 2008

Wildfire Grows to 400 Acres in National Forests

The Associated Press


A wildfire in the George Washington and Jefferson national forests is growing.

The fire covered 15 acres when it was reported on Aug. 19. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Sharon Mohney said it has grown to 400 acres. Mohney said about 80 firefighters are using bulldozers and a helicopter to help contain the fire.

She said the fire is about four miles northeast of Covington on Peters Ridge and isn't threatening any structures. Steep, rocky terrain has made conditions dangerous for firefighters, and officials don't know when the fire will be contained.

Authorities believe it was sparked by lightning.

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