North Zone Complex Fire Update- Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Release Date: Apr 2, 2024

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North Zone Complex Fire Update- Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Public Affairs Officer: Megan Cirullo, 406-548-1867

Email: megan.cirullo@usda.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. Cove, Edith Gap and Capon Fire will be patrolled until declared out. No further suppression or repair needs at this time. Waterfall Mountain and Waites Run resources will continue to monitor and patrol fire lines. Continuation of suppression repair will occur as needs are identified. Firefighters continue to remove snags, address other safety concerns, and continue to secure containment lines. Fire and insect weakened trees continue to fall within burned areas. Road conditions have deteriorated due to rainfall and equipment traffic. View the latest Fire Map HERE.

Individual Fire Updates: 15,977 total acres

  1. Waterfall Mountain/Shenandoah Forest/211 West Fire in Shenandoah and Page Counties, VA
    • 6,399 acres; 98% contained
  2. Waites Run Fire in Hardy County, WV
    • 6,223 acres, 100% contained
  3. Capon/Brush Run Fire in Rockingham County, VA
    • 2,368 acres, 100% contained
  4. Edith Gap/Serenity Ridge Fire in Shenandoah and Page Counties, VA
    • 832 acres, 100% contained
  5. Cove Mountain Fire in Hardy County, WV
    • 155 acres, 100% contained

Resources: 5 Type 2 Crews, 1 Type 2IA crew, 1Type 3 helicopter, 7 engines, 1 dozers and 111 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 wetting rain in amounts of 1 to 1.5 inches is expected in the area along multiple waves of low pressure that can lead to unsettled weather with a chance for severe thunderstorms.  A series of strong cold fronts will cross Wednesday through Thursday bringing mountain snow and an extended period gusty winds to the region.  High pressure will return Friday into the weekend.   

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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