Latest George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Stories
By Amanda Codispoti and Jessica Marcy A wildfire in Botetourt County has burned 505 acres as of Friday night, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service said. Ted Coffman of the service said that the fire is burning two miles east of Buchanan on Cove Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest.
By Sarah Bruyn Jones Rain on Friday night helped to slow the wildfire in Botetourt County that has burned more than 500 acres. Chris Rose, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the half-inch of rain helped as 69 people continue to battle the blaze that was first reported Thursday.
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are U.S. National Forests that join to create one of the largest areas of public land in the Eastern US. They cover 1.8 million acres of land in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. About 1 million acres of the forest are remote and undeveloped. About 139,461 acres have been designated as wilderness areas, which eliminates any future development. Washington National Forest was established on May 16th of...
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