Cellar Mountain Wildfire | March 21 2016 | Update 2

Incident Summary

A slow-moving wildfire broke out on Thursday, March 17, 2016, around 3 in the

Credit: InciWeb

Credit: InciWeb

morning on forest lands of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  The fire is said to be located 10 miles East of Raphine, Virginia and West of Blue Ridge Parkway within Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County.

Fire fuel is Timber with litter and under story.


There are currently 84 personnel assigned to this incident.  Incident Cooperators for

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

this fire included National Park Service, Augusta Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Fire Status

Due to wintry mixture sprinkling over the fire ground along with precipitation, cooler temps and higher RHs have stopped the forward spread of the fire.

An additional 60 acres have been burned, bringing up the total to 870.  The cause is still unknown and under investigation,

Photo Credit: USFS

Photo Credit: USFS

Future fire activities will include in the next 12 hours of patrol and mop up of the current containment lines  In the next 24 hours, Fire Managers plan to have crews direct attack using hot spot and cold training tactics.

Firefighters have successfully gained a 50% containment status.

Weather Forecast

The weather is being forecasted to be in the upper 30’s, cloudy and light winds out of the Northeast.

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