PETERSBURG, W.Va. -- The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters have contained 70 percent of a wildfire that's burned about 2.5 square miles in Pendleton County.
The fire has been burning since Nov. 10 in the Smoke Hole Area of the Monongahela National Forest about 11 miles southwest of Petersburg. About 170 firefighters and support staff are battling the fire.
The Forest Service says crews focused Tuesday on cleanup work as preparations are made to transfer the handling of the fire to a smaller management team.
No structural damage has been reported.
An emergency closure order prohibits public access to lands in an approximate 3-square-mile area surrounding the fire.