District Ranger Annie Downing estimated that the fire has consumed "probably between 50 and 90 acres, but we haven't had a chance to look at it from the air to get a good estimate." Downing
said the area in question is steep and rocky, which makes the fire harder to fight.In addition to the terrain, expected high wind tonight and Monday could intensify the fire and add to the urgency.She
said the National Forest Service, in conjunction with some volunteers and the Virginia Department of Forestry
, would start early today and "hopefully try to get a fire line around it, fighting with leaf blowers and rakes.We move all burnable material.With that high wind coming in ... we're concerned."
Although the fire is still under investigation, Downing
said the lack of recent lightning in the area would indicate that "it's possibly human-caused, but that's not confirmed."