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Wildfires burn more than 2,000 acres in Grant and Pendleton counties

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UPDATE (11/29/19 7:17 p.m.):

SMOKE HOLE, W.Va. – The National Wildfire Coordinating Group said the Dry Hollow Fire is spread over 550 acres two miles north of Upper Tract.

Several volunteer fire departments are responding to the scene, with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

Crews have secured private structures in the area by using a dozer line and burning out areas near homes.

No structures have been damaged in the fire, but a nearby campground was evacuated.


SMOKE HOLE, W.Va. – Wildfires in the Smoke Hole Caverns area of Grant and Pendleton Counties caused damage across thousands of acres Thursday morning.

First responders were alerted to the scene early in the morning and are currently attempting to contain the active flames.

According to the West Virginia Natural Resources Police, approximately 2,000 acres of forest land has been burnt thus far.

Officials said that hunters in the area have been evacuated and are being advised to remain out of the area until further notice.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire or if it has been contained as of this time.

Stay with 12 News as we will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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