Goshen Area Fire Contained

A forest fire west of Gos-hen Pass was fully contained at 46 acres over the weekend, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry.

“It’s in a monitor state right now,” forestry technician Grayson Coleman told The News-Gazette Monday. Coleman added it was going to take “heavy rain” to fully extinguish the fire.

A fire of about 15 acres was reported to local fire agencies last Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, in the George Washington National Forest off of Va. 39 along Guys Run.

Goshen Fire, Rockbridge Baths Fire, Goshen Rescue, Kerrs Creek Fire and Rock-bridge County Fire responded and contacted the Virginia Department of Forestry, according to Rockbridge County Fire and EMS Chief Nathan Ramsey. The fire departments turned the situation over to the forestry department once the department arrived.

On Friday, DOF crews worked to contain the fire by securing a line around the affected area, which had spread to about 35 acres, Rockbridge County Area Forester Karen Stanley reported.

By Friday evening, 46 acres total were burned, Coleman said. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service assisted in containing the area that day and worked to burn out fuels for the fire.

Stanley reported the same area in the George Washington National Forest near Gos-hen had experienced a forest fire in 2017.

Crews from the U.S. Forest Service also responded to a forest fire in the Jefferson National Forest on Friday, Oct. 4, five miles southeast of Glasgow in Bedford County. The “Cliff Fire” was estimated at two to five acres and crews contained 30 percent of the fire as of Sunday.

The cause of the Guys Run fire is still under investigation.

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