The Times West Virginian

November 15, 2013

18 states send aid to fight fire in Mon Forest

Associated Press

PETERSBURG — The U.S. Forest Service says about 18 states have provided personnel and resources to fight a wildfire burning in the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County.

The fire has burned about 2 square miles of forest land and nearby private lands since it was first reported Sunday afternoon. The cause remains under investigation.

As of Thursday morning, the Forest Service says the fire is 20 percent contained.

The Forest Service says 150 people are expected at the site Thursday to fight the fire.

An emergency closure order issued by the agency Wednesday night prohibits public access to lands in an approximate 3-square-mile area surrounding the fire.

The order will remain in effect for 120 days, unless the forest supervisor rescinds it.