Augusta County wildfire burns more than 270 acres

Augusta County wildfire burns more than 270 acres

An Augusta County fire that was first reported on Thursday this week has burnt more than 270 acres in the George Washington National Forest, the U.S Forest Service said.

The federal forest service said it is leading the restless effort to control and extinguish the growing blaze, adding that it should be considered a large scale blaze for this region. However, the blaze is advantageously moving up the ridge. In other words, it is moving toward the wilderness, away from structures and residents.

The blaze was first reported at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday this week in a wilderness area inside the George Washington National Forest. The site is north of the mountainous St. Mary’s Road, roughly 3.5 miles west of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Bald Mountain Overlook.

It is also roughly six and a half miles west of Sherando Lake Recreation Area and around nine miles west of the Wintergreen Resort. The wilderness area has several waterfalls and trails popular among hikers.

Residents in Nelson and Albemarle counties have reported being able to smell the smoke and seeing haze from the fire.

Meanwhile, more than five dozen people are working around the clock cutting down trees and removing leaves along with doing other work as part the ongoing effort to contain the blaze.

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