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Fire Spreads In Monongahela National Forest In Pendleton County

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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 13, 2013 10:30 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 12:22 PM EST

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Monongahela Fire Grows
Photo Courtesy Of Hoy Murphy, WV Division of Natural Resources

Petersburg, Grant County , West Virginia

A wildfire in the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County has grown to about 2 square miles.

The U.S. Forest Service says the Smoke Hole fire is burning about 11 miles southwest of Petersburg on forest and nearby private lands. As of Wednesday morning, about 20 percent of the fire has been contained.

The fire began Sunday on private land and spread to the national forest.

The cause remains under investigation.

Forest Service operations chief Pete Irvine said the fire is unusual. During a snowstorm on Tuesday, the fire burned against the wind.

Forest Road 79 and a section of North Fork Mountain Trail remain closed to the public.

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