Rain Helping Firefighters' Efforts

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Scene from the Goshen Pass wayside looking east on Saturday night

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Fire from Rockbridge Baths firehouse on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, 4 p.m. - While officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry aren't calling the fire near Goshen Pass 100 percent contained, they are sending all of the out-of-area firefighters home.

Local VDOF and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources will continue to monitor the fire, but today's rain has put fire control operations at an end.

Monday - Rain overnight and into this morning has allowed crews battling the fire near Goshen Pass to suspend fire line construction.

Brad Carico, deputy regional forester, reported at 9:30 this morning that crews were monitoring the fire this morning and hoping for more rain to finally extinguish it.

The fire, which has now burned about 1,730 acres, is considered 60 percent contained, with crews making good progress Sunday establishing fire lines to ensure the safety of nearby residences.

The fire, he said, did burn down to Va. 39 inside Goshen Pass, but the road did not have to be closed.

The fire, which started Friday evening, spread across Hogback Mountain on the front side of the range, as well as Wolf and Big Butt mountains.

Crews, battling much warmer weather on Sunday, put in another 16-hour day, Carico said. “It’s been a really rough three days,” he said.

No crew member, though, suffered any injuries and they were kept hydrated.

For more on the fire and more photos, see the May 5 issue of The News-Gazette.

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