GLEN JEAN, W. Va. – A fire in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve shrank due to containment efforts Thursday.
The fire in the Beauty Mountain area had grown to 150 acres on Thursday morning. The National Park Service told MetroNews that the fire had shrunk to 132 acres by evening, and the crews contained 50% of the fire.
According to the National Park Service, there was enough moisture to stop the fire from spreading. The crews put a solid control line on the west end of the fire.
A 10-person fire department module from Pennsylvania arrived in the national park Thursday. The crew will help with containment on Friday, which will include cleanup and make sure the north end of the fire is safe.