WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia, November 23, 2016 – Firefighters continue to fight a wildfire discovered Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Big Draft Wilderness.

The South Fire has grown to approximately 175 acres and is inching toward private timberlands to the south.  A helicopter is on site to support firefighters on the ground with aerial reconnaissance and water bucket drops.  Additional resources continue to arrive, including a 20-person hand crew, several fire engines and support staff.

According to Terry Walter, Forest Fire Management Officer and Forest Service Incident Commander, there remains no eminent threat to structures.  “Hunters and other Forest visitors are still advised to avoid this area for their own safety,” says Walter.

Surrounding forests remain dry.  Marlinton-White Sulphur District Ranger Rondi Fischer would like to remind hunters and other visitors to the forest to be extremely cautious with any campfires.