CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A wildfire raging through the Monongahela National Forest has doubled in size and is on nearby private lands.
The fire was reported on private property about 12:30 p.m. Sunday and continued to grow despite quick responses from numerous fire departments and the U.S. Forest Service. On Tuesday the fire covered 700 acres and was 20 percent under control.
Officials reported on Wednesday that the fire had grown to cover 1,400 acres and was 20 percent under control.
Robert Beanblossom, spokesman for the incident as well as a firefighter and employee of the state Department of Natural Resources, said firefighters have faced the challenge of high winds up to 25 mph.
"The fire has continued to spread to the north and east," he said. "On the positive side, cloud cover and high humidity have allowed firefighters to continue to maintain and hold the south."
A helicopter flying over the area has helped ground crews keep a better eye on the fire and has also dropped water on the blaze from the air, he said.
"We have personnel constantly monitoring," he said. "Should any structures become threatened, we have excellent cooperation from all volunteer fire departments."
Since the fire began, one firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital.