PRINCE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Steep Valley Fire in the New River Gorge is currently at 1,055 acres with zero percent of the fire contained.
According to officials with the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, as of 8 AM, the fire is currently 1,055 acres and zero percent contained.
Park officials say that this is a confined, containment suppression strategy to keep firefighters safe.
The fire is currently burning on Backus Mountain in Fayette County across the river from the Grandview Main Overlook.
Additional crews from the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Service have joined the crews today.
Other crews and resources in addition to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve staff have also joined the response.
Those include crews from Wayne National Forest in Ohio, the State of Pennsylvania Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources, Indiana Dunes National Park in Indiana, Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, and White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
A Type 3 helicopter out of Elkins will also be assisting today.
The fire is within park boundaries and there are no immediate threats at this time.
The War Ridge Campground remains closed due to the fire and everyone is urged to avoid the area.
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