UPDATE: Forestry officials suspect arson in Goshen brush fire

posted by Chris Carmichael -

Crews with the Virginia Department of Forestry have been working around the clock to fight a brush fire in Goshen Pass that has consumed more than 500 acres.

No homes or structures are threatened, and the Forestry says, as of Wednesday morning, the fire is 20% contained.

A portion of the wildfire burned down one slope and extinguished itself when it reached the pavement of Route 39 on Tuesday.

The fire is burning mostly leaf litter and downed trees in an area that primarily consists of hardwoods, mountain laurel and some spotty pine.

The terrain is nearly vertical and wild, so the Department of Forestry is not risking a lot of people to actively fight it.

They have established fire lines, and a burn-out operation is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.

The fire could reach as much as 1,000 acres, according to a spokesman for the Department of Forestry.

Source: WHSV

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