North Zone Fire Update March 30, 2024

Release Date: Mar 30, 2024

North Zone Lockup





North Zone Complex Fire Update - Saturday March 30, 2024

Public Information Officer: Genny Kotyk, 540-548-1867



Current Status: Command of the North Zone Complex has been transferred to a local Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander Colten Moor. No new growth or activity was experienced yesterday on the fires during the wind event. All the fires in the North Zone Complex are currently in the monitor, suppression and repair phase. Today firefighters will look for hot spots, remove snags and address other safety concerns, and continue to secure containment lines.

Individual Fire Updates: 15,986 total acres

  1. Waterfall Mountain/Shenandoah Forest/211 West Fire in Shenandoah and Page Counties, VA
    • 6,399 acres; 92% contained
  2. Waites Run Fire in Hardy County, WV
    • 6,223 acres, 80% contained
  3. Capon/Brush Run Fire in Rockingham County, VA
    • 2,368 acres, 95% contained
  4. Edith Gap/Serenity Ridge Fire in Shenandoah and Page Counties, VA
    • 841 acres, 77% contained
  5. Cove Mountain Fire in Hardy County, WV
    • 155 acres, 100% contained

Resources: 9 Type 2 Crews, 1 Type 2IA crew, 1Type 3 helicopter, 8 engines, 2 dozers and 190 personnel.

Date and Cause Reported: The fires were reported on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, and Thursday, March 21, 2024. The causes of the fires are undetermined. 

Weather: Today, there is a chance of light rain over the complex area. Winds will be breezy in the afternoon but relative humidity will not be as low as yesterday. A warm front will slowly lift Sunday into Monday with partly to mostly cloudy skies and a wetting rain from showers and thunderstorms likely. Showers are likely with a chance for severe thunderstorms on Tuesday.                                                                                                 

Closures: For the protection of public health and safety, and for the protection of resources, please respect area, road and trail closures.  Check the George Washington and Jefferson website for the full list of closures.

Advisories: We ask the public to avoid areas with active fire for their own safety and to allow firefighters to work safely. Public and firefighter safety is always our top priority. In addition, please do not fly drones near or over a wildfire. Drones and firefighting aircraft are a dangerous mix and could lead to accidents or slow down wildfire suppression. If you fly, we can’t.

Smoke and Air Quality:  Air quality information is available at

General Fire Information: 

  • Homeowners can learn how to make their homes less susceptible to wildfires by visiting:   
  • Virginia’s 4 p.m. Burning Law remains in effect until April 30, 2024. It bans open-air burning before 4 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass which could carry fire to the woods. Burning is allowed between 4 p.m. and midnight as long as the burner takes proper precautions and attends the fire at all times. For more information, please visit