CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A wildfire covering bout 700 acres is burning on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest, about 3 miles northwest of Upper Tract in Pendleton County.
The fire was reported on adjacent private property about 12:30 p.m. Sunday and continued to grow despite quick responses from numerous volunteer fire departments and the U.S. Forest Service, said Robert Beanblossom, spokesman for the incident as well as a firefighter and employee of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation as emergency crews battle to get it under control.
On Tuesday the fire covered 700 acres and was 20 percent under control.
"We do continue to make good progress," he said.
Peter Fischer, Monongahela National Forest fire management officer, reported this is the largest wildfire in the area since the 1940s or 1950s.
Numerous agencies have joined forces to help with the Smoke Hole fire. Burning primarily on the Monongahela National Forest, the Forest Service and cooperating agencies had about 80 personnel and five engines on the scene Tuesday.