NEW: Prescribed Burn Gets Out Of Hand, But Now Contained
A prescribed burn northeast of Harrisonburg in the George Washington National Forest spread outside of the control line on Sunday, but officials say the fire is contained.
No estimate of its size was available Monday, but the area is "not terribly large," said public information officer Stephanie Chapman.
"There was a small spot fire near Fridley Gap, but it is contained, and so now it's not a threat any longer," she said.
Prior to the fire, known as the Cub Run prescribed burn, officials put in a control line to encircle the entire area. On Saturday, they “blacklined,” or burned, an area adjacent to the control line to strengthen it.
On Sunday, officials temporarily discontinued ignition operations due to strong winds, and focused efforts on protecting the control line.
Chapman said Rockingham County residents might see smoke on the west side of the Massanutten Mountain near Fridley Gap. "When I went up there this morning, I could still see the smoke and fire," said Jason Clark, who lives about three miles from the Fridley Gap fire area.
On Monday, firefighters were assessing and maintaining control lines, Chapman said.
The Cub Run prescribed burn is expected to cover 4,505 acres of mountainous National Forest land in the George Washington National Forest's Lee Ranger District.