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Wildfire burning in Monongahela Forest in W.Va.

November 12, 2013
Associated Press

UPPER TRACT, W.Va. (AP) — A wildfire has burned about 1 square mile in the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is located about 3 miles northwest of Upper Tract. It was first reported Sunday on adjacent private land and spread to the Monongahela.

The Forest Service says in a news release that the fire is about 20 percent contained as of Tuesday. The fire hasn't affected any structures.

About 80 firefighters are battling the fire.

A segment of the North Fork Mountain Trail and Forest Road 79 have been closed because of the fire.

State Division of Forestry spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says wildfires ranging from an acre to 230 acres occurred in southern West Virginia over the weekend.



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