Over the Easter weekend, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, due to extremely dry fuels, warm temperatures, low relative humidity and windy conditions, experienced a number of widely scattered fires in rough terrain with poor access. These fires spread quickly, and despite intense, coordinated Initial Attack efforts by local U.S. Forest Service, Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), and multiple volunteer fire departments, local fire suppression resources were overwhelmed and exhausted. After a thorough analysis, a local decision was made to request a Type I Incident Management Team (IMT) to provide overall support and coordination to the fire fighting effort. On Wednesday, April 11, the Southern Area Type I Blue Team was delegated command of five fires that make up the Easter Complex: Barbours Creek Fire (Craig and Alleghany Counties), Wolf Gap Fire (Hardy Co., WV and Shenandoah Co., VA), Alleghany Tunnels Fire (Alleghany Co.), Rich Hole Fire (Alleghany and Rockbridge Co's.), and Shipwreck Fire (Page and Rockingham Co's.; Inciweb for the Shipwreck Fire is being maintained by the Virginia DOF). An additional fire was added to the Easter Complex April 14, 2012: Porter Mills fire near Healing Springs, VA.
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have issued closure orders, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, for areas surrounding the Easter Complex Wildfires. Click here maps and closure order documents.
Updated 04/18/2012 7 PM
The Easter Complex is 100% Contained
• Alleghany Tunnels Fire: 11,381 cares, 100% containment
• Barbours Creek Fire: 7,352 acres, 100% containment
• Porter Mills Fire: 879 acres, 100% containment
• Rich Hole Fire: 15,454 acres, 100% containment
• Wolf Gap Fire: 755 acres, 100% containment
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|Date of Origin||Monday April 09th, 2012 approx. 11:00 AM|
|Location||Buena Vista, Virginia|
9 Hardwood Litter Predominately hardwood leaf litter with some areas of pine needle cast and understory brush.
Smoldering in heavy fuels.
Substantial rainfall (0.70") was received across the entire complex today.
Patrol,mop-up, and monitor of the Rich Hole and Barbours Creek fires. Some rehab of control lines may take place.
The Easter Complex is 100% contained. A transition from the Type I team back to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests is planned to occur in the morning Thursday, April 19, 2012.
|Wind Conditions||4 mph E|