North Zone Complex Fire Update - Sunday, March 31, 2024

Release Date: Mar 31, 2024

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North Zone Complex Fire Update - Sunday, March 31, 2024

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

Email: 2024.NorthZoneComplex@firenet.gov

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident-information/vavaf-2024-north-zone-complex

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Current Status: Command of the North Zone Complex is assigned to a local Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander Colten Moor. No new growth or activity has occurred even with the elevated fire danger.  All fires in the North Zone Complex are currently in the monitor and suppression repair phase. Today firefighters will continue to remove snags, address other safety concerns, and continue to secure containment lines.

North Zone Complex Map

Individual Fire Updates: 15977 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, 98% 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
    • 832 acres, 77% contained
  5. Cove Mountain Fire in Hardy County, WV
    • 155 acres, 100% contained

Resources: 6 Type 2 Crews, 1 Type 2IA crew, 1Type 3 helicopter, 8 engines, 2 dozers and 147 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: A front will remain stalled near or over the Mid-Atlantic through Tuesday, and multiple waves of low pressure will track along the boundary leading to unsettled weather. A series of strong cold fronts will cross Wednesday through Thursday. High pressure will return Friday.                                                

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. www.fs.usda.gov/gwj

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 www.airnow.gov.

General Fire Information: 

  • Homeowners can learn how to make their homes less susceptible to wildfires by visiting:  www.firewise.org   
  • 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 https://dof.virginia.gov/wildland-prescribed-fire/fire-laws/4-pm-burning-law.

 

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